Termite Tuesday: All About Dry Wood Termites
Termites are often referred to as the “silent destroyers” because of their ability to quietly wreak havoc on wooden structures. Out of the many species of termites, dry wood termites are one of the most destructive. In this blog post, we will cover everything you need to know about dry wood termites and what you can do to protect your home.
What are Dry Wood Termites?
Dry wood termites are a type of termite that live and feed on dry, seasoned wood. Unlike other species of termites that require moist conditions to survive, dry wood termites can live and thrive in wood with moisture content as low as 6%. This makes them a particularly dangerous pest for homes and buildings, as they can easily infest wooden structures and cause significant damage before being detected.
How to Identify Dry Wood Termites
Dry wood termites are small insects, ranging from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. They are light-colored, ranging from creamy white to light brown, and their wings are clear or translucent. To identify dry wood termites, look for the following signs:
- Swarmers: In the spring and summer, dry wood termites will send out swarmers (winged reproductive termites) to start new colonies. These swarmers are attracted to light, so if you see them near windows or doors, it is a sure sign of an infestation.
- Frass: Dry wood termites excrete a sawdust-like material called frass as they eat through the wood. This frass can often be seen piling up near the base of infested wood.
- Hollow Wood: Dry wood termites eat through the interior of the wood, leaving a thin, papery shell. If you tap on infested wood and it sounds hollow, it is likely infested with dry wood termites.
How to Prevent Dry Wood Termites
The best way to prevent dry wood termites is to keep your home free of excess moisture. Repair any leaks and fix any areas of the home where water is allowed to collect. Keep wood piles and mulch away from the foundation of your home, and keep vents and screens in good repair to prevent termites from entering your home. Additionally, consider having your home treated by a professional pest control company to prevent termites from establishing a colony in your home.
How to Treat Dry Wood Termites
If you suspect your home is infested with dry wood termites, it is important to act quickly to prevent further damage. A professional pest control company can perform a thorough inspection and recommend the best course of treatment for your situation. Options for treating dry wood termites include:
- Chemical treatments: This involves applying a liquid pesticide directly to the infested wood. This is the most common method for treating dry wood termites and can be very effective if done correctly.
- Fumigation: This method involves sealing your home and pumping a toxic gas into the structure to kill the termites. This is a more drastic method and is typically reserved for severe infestations or when other methods have been unsuccessful.
Dry wood termites can be a significant problem for homeowners, causing thousands of dollars in damage if not treated in a timely manner. By taking the necessary precautions and being vigilant for signs of an infestation, you can help protect your home from these destructive pests. If you suspect that your home is infested with dry wood termites, don’t hesitate to call Bite Away Termite and Pest Control at (888) 321-BITE to assess the situation and recommend a course of treatment.