Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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.

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