Termites can cause massive damage to your home. Drywood termites are a light brown color, similar to other termites. The main difference is in the wings of the swarmers. Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites do not need contact with soil or moisture. These termites are more common in the south. Seeing piles of their feces is the most common sign of a drywood termite infestation. Because of the level of damage these pests can cause, at the first sign of a possible infestation you should call Nashville Pest Control.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
Drywood termites are 3/8 of an inch long. They are long, narrow, and an oval shape. They are a light brown color.
The swarmers have two sets of wings. The front set has a pattern of three or more heavy, well pigmented veins on the outer part. They also shed their wings quickly after swarming, so dead swarmer bodies do not have attached wings.
The soldiers have large mandibles with teeth and the pronotum can be wider than their heads.
Habitat and Behavior:
Drywood termites live in dry wood, hence their name. These pests do not require moisture or contact with soil. Drywood termites build nests and dig tunnels in buildings. Also, they seal the opening to their nest with brown cement like material.
They eat wood, wallpaper, plastics, and fabric made from plants.
Level of Danger:
Drywood termites can cause a lot of damage to your home. The wood tunnels they build can make wooden support beams weak. Although these termites are not as common as subterranean termites, they will still cause a lot of damage to your home.
Signs of Infestation:
If your home is infested with drywood termites, it can be harder to detect. They are not typically noticeable until small piles of their feces collect. Their feces are hexagonal and are about 1mm long. If you do see piles of these pellets, it does not necessarily mean there is current activity. The pellets can remain long after the colony is dead, so it is necessary to call a professional to confirm current activity.
When the colony is mature, you might also see swarms of reproductive male and female termites. They fly out of their colony to create new colonies after mating. Warm temperatures and heavy rains provokes swarms.
There are a couple things you can do to prevent a drywood termite infestation. Make sure all firewood and scrap wood is stored away from the house. Also, it is important to make sure all cracks and crevices are sealed. The best way to prevent a termite infestation is to have a professional, like those at Nashville Pest Control, do an annual inspection.
If you do suspect that your home is already infested, call Nashville Pest Control immediately. Waiting just gives the termites more time to do more damage.