Most homes are constructed from wood materials and the diet of a drywood termite is just that…WOOD! It’s a match made in heaven for the termite, but a horrible headache and expense for a homeowner. A licensed and experienced termite inspector at AmeriGuard Pest Defense can help navigate the entire process from start to finish.
Drywood termites are different than their subterranean counterparts. Drywood termites do not need a moisture source or contact with soil to survive. Rather, this species of termite feeds on dry wood that is above ground, specifically the framing materials, eaves, rafters, roof tails, window sills and other structural wood.
DRYWOOD TERMITE EVIDENCE
Evidence that drywood termites are feeding on the cellulose material in your home can come in some different forms.
Drywood termite kick holes
DRYWOOD TERMITE SWARMERS
After several years, when a drywood termite colony matures, pairs of swarmers take flight to establish new colonies. These termites swarm when there is a rise in temperature. Since termites are not great fliers, they often travel short distances with the help of wind currents.
DRYWOOD TERMITE WINGS
Once the swarmers settle, they shed their wings. Homeowners sometimes report finding wings on exterior window screens or interior window sills.
DRYWOOD TERMITE PELLETS & KICK HOLES
Drywood termites produce pellets, which are simply termite fecal matter. The pellets are then expelled out of their galleries (hollowed out portions of chewed wood) through kick holes. These pellets collect in piles or scatter about if the distance below is great.
Termite pellets have fallen to the bottom of a subarea floor
from the floor above in this home with a raised foundation.
Drywood termite pellets are expelled from kickout
Drywood termites chew wood creating
hollowed out galleries.
New drywood termite pellet evidence
is being collected directly from the kickout holes
DRYWOOD TERMITE WOOD DAMAGE
Drywood termites chew wood and create hollowed out galleries, which threaten the integrity and support of the wood.
Drywood termites cause damage by eating wood, which threatens the structural integrity of buildings.
Most homeowners do not realize that they have a termite problem until they see the warnings signs mentioned above. Evidence of swarmers, missing wings, kick holes, piles of pellets and hollowed out wood members are all quite obvious signs of termites. Unfortunately, these signs are not usually visible until a termite colony has been well established for quite some time, usually a number of years.
AmeriGuard Pest Defense is experienced and licensed to perform several different termite treatments depending on the termite findings discovered at a termite inspection. If you see termite evidence or suspect a termite infestation, do not hesitate to call your termite professionals. We offer free limited inspections to residential homeowners. Full inspections are recommended and available for a nominal fee. Once the inspection is completed, you will receive a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Report with all of the Section I and Section II item findings as well as recommendations for termite control. Local treatment options may be available to you instead of a fumigation.