Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Drywood Termite Signs

Drywood termites are the easiest termite to see signs from. They are also the least damaging termite of all termites, generally. Their colonies are a lot smaller than other colonies like subterranean termite colonies. So, let’s hope that you can spot the signs and eradicate these termites from your real estate before they do some serious damage.

Drywood termite signs are very unique in comparison to other termite signs. The first thing that you will look for is their fecal pellets. These pellets are sometimes called frass. Termites, once inside wood, will push out this frass through little “kick out holes.” The frass will look like extremely cut up wood, like sawdust. Some even consider it to look like coffee grounds. If you pick them up, then you will notice a gritty texture between your fingers when you rub them together.

The color of the frass is not related to the age or the wood that has been consumed. Frass is a common way to discover Drywood termite signs. These pellets will usually accumulate on the floor near the infested structure. If you notice blistering or warping of the wood, then that is a sign that the damage has been occurring quite frequently. Drywood termites will tunnel right under the surface of the wood so that will alter the shape that the wood takes. You can detect their damage by probing the wood with the back of a screwdriver and seeing if any holes are made easily. Also, you can do the tap trick and see if the wood sounds hollow or not.

Drywood Termite Symptoms

An important part of being able to tell which type of termite that you have is being able to trace them through their symptoms. Have you noticed any of your property having any termite damage? Have you seen any remnants anywhere? How can you tell if you have Drywood termites or not?

One pretty obvious sign of termite infestation deals with their fecal pellets. Drywood Termite pellets are hard and have different distinctive characteristics than other termites. Their pellets have six concave sides and only the ends are round. Certain beetles can also release similar looking fecal pellets, but they are round instead of concave.

Drywood Termites will usually enter wood through a crack before actually doing any damage. This will either be in the wood itself or at a joint of the wood. Because these termites do not require contact with the soil, they can easily live in your furniture and do a lot of damage. You should be aware of what they do so that you can tell if you have any infestation in your house.

Drywood Termites attack many different kinds of wood. They can damage the structural integrity of a building by damaging the foundation; they can damage furniture, posts, other buildings, and decayed wood. If you have a Drywood infestation, then be thankful that it was not subterranean termites. These termites can have colonies the size of more than 500,000 termites whereas Drywood Termites only contain, on average, about 10 thousand.

There is one type of Drywood Termite that is very destructive and this is the Dark Western Drywood Termite. They are actually the most damaging termite in the country. They are found only in Arizona, Utah and California. The Dark Western Drywood Termite does a lot of structural damage, telephone pole damage and any lumber damage. So hopefully you do not have these.

The best thing to do to treat these termites is to call a professional and get their expert guidance and work. The good thing about Drywood Termites is that they are easier to spot and if you get to them early enough, then you can save yourself a lot of potential damage from being done to your estate.

Drywood Termites

You have termites in your yard and you are ready to go call a professional or go to the store and buy some pest control products to treat them now. However, do you know what kind of termites that they are? You can save yourself a lot of time and money by finding this out first. So let me tell you how you can find out if you have Drywood Termites, then this article should let you know.

Drywood termites are notorious for living in decayed, dry wood. Unlike most termites, they do not require direct contact with the soil to live. This is because they do not need a lot of moisture to survive. They can be very damaging to wooden objects that are around the yard or in your house, such as furniture and sheds. This is why they can be very damaging to your house.

Drywood termites live in the southern part of the United States. They live all along the Mexico border and along the southern part of the east and west coast. They are all over the state of Florida and New Mexico. They do not live in the northern part of the United States.

When Drywood Termites make their nest, they burrow into the wood and seal the hole with a brown material about 1/8 of an inch in diameter. Behind this plug is where the queen lays her eggs. The babies then are born and begin working for the colony immediately. They will either become a soldier or a reproductive. There are no workers, for they all contribute in feeding their colony. This is why they build their nests where their food source is.

When Drywood Termites swarm, they will make holes through which the reproductives will live until they leave the colony. These holes are then covered with a brown material that protects the colony. When Drywood Termites do damage, they do it differently than Subterranean Termites. They leave holes cut across the grain where they make large chambers connected by small tunnels. They really make the wood fragile and frail.

Here is a picture of what Drywood Termite Damage would look like

If anything that I have mentioned matches the type of termite that you are dealing with, then you are likely to have Drywood Termites. Do not ignore these symptoms. Treat it immediately by calling a professional or DIY Termite Treatment methods.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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