Drywood termites

What are drywood termites?

Drywood termites are a species of termite that nest and feed on wood that has a very low moisture content, has not been damaged by water, and has no decay.  They do not need soil to live, travel or nest in.  Drywood termites will infest and damage items that have wood in them.  These items commonly include furniture, picture frames, fences, support beams in buildings, flooring, walls, and utility posts.  They are less common then the subterranean termite, but are just as capable at causing large amounts of costly damage to homes and other buildings. 

What do drywood termites look like?

Winged drywood termite adults are light to dark brown in color.  They have a long narrow oval body shape and can grow to be 3/8th to 1 inch long.  Drywood termites are larger in size than the subterranean termite.  The young nymphs are whitish in color, soft-bodied and usually remain unseen in galleries inside of infested wood. 

Are drywood termites dangerous?

Drywood termites are not dangerous to people because they do not bite or sting.  They are however, extremely dangerous to a building’s structure, furniture, and other wooden objects.  Help should be sought to eliminate drywood termites from your home at the first sign of their presence. 

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Drywood Termites   |  Cryptotermes brevis

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Why do I have drywood termites?

Drywood termites are most often introduced into homes through furniture that is already infested, infested lumber, or in other wooden objects.  Also, since drywood termites do not need contact with soil they have the ability to fly right onto your home and introduce themselves into it through small cracks and crevices. 

Signs of drywood termites in my home

The most common sign that tips homeowners off to a drywood termite infestation is a termite swarm.  A drywood termite swarm occurs when winged reproductive members fly from the colony in order to find a mate and create a new colony of their own.  A swarm generally occurs after a heavy rain on a warm day.  If drywood termites have infested your home you may also notice piles of frass (feces).   The termites will remove the frass from their tunnels and leave piles of it on the floor throughout your home. 

How do I get rid of drywood termites?

In order to eliminate drywood termites from your home you need to get help from a professional termite control expert.  At Hoffer's we can eliminate drywood termites from your home through a variety of termite control services depending on your home and family’s needs.  Our treatment services include: spot treatments, liquid treatments, fumigation, as well as preventative treatments.

If drywood termites have invaded your home contact the pros here at Hoffer today for more information about how our termite control services can safely, quickly, and effectively remove drywood termites from your home! 

Drywood termite prevention tips

Preventing drywood termites from infesting your home can be difficult.  Inspecting used furniture for signs of drywood termites before introducing the pieces into your home can help.  It is also important to keep wood piles a distance away from the exterior of your home, and to make sure to seal all cracks and crevices in the exterior of your home, around windows and doors, and in the foundation to prevent them from gaining access to your home.

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