Unfortunately, termites can select any home at all for their next living space. They simply love to eat cellulose-based plant materials like wood, and just about every home in Florida, or anywhere in the United States, is going to contain wooden structures for termites to chomp on nonstop.
Of course, you can try to keep termites away by making your home look unattractive to them. In particular, drywood termites are attracted to areas where they can ingest both water and wood, so you can try to avoid this scenario. For example, you can fix leaks that might cause rot in wooden beams, walls, or flooring, and you can clear away broken branches and tree stumps from your yard.
Even if you take those measures, termites might move in, particularly if a few large colonies are located nearby. You never know when the new neighbors that you get are going to be the pests that you dread most. Just stay vigilant, and call in the termite specialists from Brantley Termite & Pest Control if you suspect these tiny pests are looking for their next meal at your place. We’ll come out at your convenience and see what we can find.
How to Identify Drywood Termites
To the untrained eye, spotting a termite infestation is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Because drywood termites infest the inner walls of your home, they’re extremely difficult to detect. You might not even know you have a problem until major structural damage has been done.
Subtle signs of termite damage you should be on the lookout for include:
- Termite wings: Adult drywood termites shed their wings. If you find an identical pair of wings on your windowsill, it could be an early sign of infestation.
- Frass: Termite droppings, or frass, are small granules that look like sand or sawdust. Drywood termites create small holes to push this waste out of their nests.
- Hollow-sounding wood: One of the most common DIY termite inspection methods is to take a normal Phillips head screwdriver and tap it against your wall. If you’ve already found wings or frass, tap the walls where you found them. If you find a spot that sounds hollow, it could mean that termites have already made a meal out of that area.
Professional Termite Inspections
The earlier you identify these pests, the better. But even if you don’t find any of the signs above, you can still have a drywood termite infestation. That’s why the best way to identify termites and protect your home is to have a professional inspection done every year.
It doesn’t matter if your home is brand new or 30 years old – these wood-eating pests can turn up in any home at any time. Play it safe – call Brantley Termite & Pest Control to have your home inspected by a trained professional.
Drywood Termite Prevention
Drywood termites can slip into your home’s smallest crevices, making them hard pests to prevent. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of an infestation.
- Protect exterior wood elements (banisters, steps, railing) by painting or staining them.
- Trim bushes and shrubs so that they don’t touch your home’s exterior.
- Keep firewood and lumber at least 20 feet away from your home.
- Seal any cracks or crevices in your home’s exterior.
There are also specialized wood treatments designed to prevent drywood termites. Our termite experts will recommend the best prevention techniques for your home.
Spot Treatments for Drywood Termites
The moment you spot drywood termite damage or the insects themselves on your property, you need to take action right away. There are two main methods of termite extermination – tent fumigation and spot treatments.
Spot treatments for drywood termites will only work if the damage is isolated and the area is easily accessible. A thorough inspection will determine where the colonies are hiding, and then a professional exterminator will drill into the wall to spray the colony with termiticide.
While spot treatments for drywood termites can be effective in certain situations, termite fumigation is still the only guaranteed way to get rid of termites. Fumigation penetrates all of the wood in your home, wiping them out completely.
That being said, it’s easy to understand why most people don’t want their homes tented. If we have reason to believe that spot treatment could be effective after inspecting your home, we will take this less invasive approach at the homeowner’s request.
Exterminators who don’t specialize in termite treatments might shrug and walk away when their drywood termite spot treatments don’t work – not us. When you call Brantley Termite & Pest Control, you can rest easy knowing we’ll get rid of your termite problem, guaranteed.
If a spot treatment doesn’t work, our highly effective tent fumigation services will finish the job for good.
Contact Us 24/7
Drywood termites swarm in the evening. This is when you’re most likely to see them around your property.
Don’t wait until the next morning to call someone – contact Brantley Termite & Pest Control ASAP. Our termite experts are available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns.
If the news that you get after our inspection is that you have termites, we’ll also provide you with a recommended treatment plan to address the problem. Don’t let these silent homewreckers damage your home! Call us today.