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How Do I Know If I Have Drywood Termites In My Lee County Home?

July 15, 2022 - Termites

You've probably heard of termites before. Maybe you've even heard of one of the most common termite species: the subterranean termite. But, the subterranean termite isn't the only termite in Lee County. The drywood termite is also an invasive and destructive pest invader that causes property damage. In some ways, drywood termites are more concerning because they can enter homes easily.

Because drywood termites can destroy your property and cost you a lot of money in repairs, it's essential to learn how to prevent them. Read on to find out how to identify, prevent, and remove these invasive pests from your home.

You May Be Dealing With A Drywood Termite Infestation

Drywood termites are difficult to identify at first because they tunnel directly into the wood, so it's an excellent idea to know other signs of drywood termites, such as:

  • Seeing pinpoint holes around wooden items and structures
  • Noticing that floorboards have started to squeak or buckle
  • Discovering that doors have started to fit more tightly in their frames
  • Finding termite droppings known as frass around your property
  • Thinking you have water damaged but not finding any water source

The most significant difference between drywood termites and subterranean termites is where they build their colonies. While both species eat the cellulose fibers in wood, drywood termites develop their colonies directly in wood while subterranean termites build nests in the soil. 

Subterranean termites build mud tubes to enter homes, and they need a lot of humidity and soil-to-wood contact to invade. Drywood termites, on the other hand, don't require moisture or soil to invade your home and often get into attic wood.

How To Identify Drywood Termite Droppings

One of the best ways to identify drywood termites is through their droppings. You're more likely to see drywood termites' feces than subterranean termites because drywood varieties push the excrement out as they build their nests. 

All termite droppings are known as frass, but this frass varies in appearance depending on the species. Drywood termite droppings look like small pellets, while subterranean termite droppings look like sawdust. These drywood termite pellets look like small, oval-shaped capsules. They are only about one millimeter long and can be white, tan, or brown. 

How To Get Rid Of Drywood Termites 

Eradicating drywood termites is challenging. While they do leave behind pellets as they create "drop out holes" to push their excrement through, they often cover up other holes into their nests. They can thrive in this self-contained ecosystem because they tunnel directly into the wood. The wooden structures they invade provide them with food, water, and shelter, so you'll rarely see them leave the nest to reproduce.

Most DIY termite control options only remove some of the termites. The fact that they live in the structures of your home makes them nearly impossible to remove without specialized training and equipment. The only effective way to eradicate drywood termites and keep them from returning is with help from A Bug's Life Pest Management.

Complete Drywood Termite Management With A Bug's Life Pest Management

While drywood termites in Lee County can't destroy your home overnight, you might not notice that they are there for months or longer. Over time, they can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. They could ruin the structure of your home entirely if you don't remove them. So, it's best to contact Lee County pest control professionals at the first sign of a termite problem.

Contact A Bug's Life Pest Management today to request a termite inspection and let your team protect your home from these destructive pests.

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