Drywood termites create their colonies in wood. They are often found in attics and walls. They need very little moisture and require no connection to the ground.
When a drywood termite reaches maturity, winged male and female reproductive insects are produced and they will fly out to try to establish new colonies. Warm weather and heavy rains can both instigate swarms.
Drywood termites will push fecal matter out of their tunnels, creating tell-tale mounds indicating termite activity. Old mounds are sometimes mistaken for current activity. To get an accurate assessment of activity consult a pest professional.
Subterranean termites, as the name implies, live in the soil. Their primary food source is buried wood. When the initial supply of wood is depleted, these termites will venture above ground to find a suitable food source using “shelter tubes”. These tubes will connect the soil to the structure’s wood.
One of the most significant threats posed by subterranean termites is that they can enter your home through posts or beams that contact the outside soil. They will then eat from the inside out. Often times structural support elements that have been severely compromised may appear undamaged from the outside. It’s this “stealth” damage that makes these termites so devastating. If you suspect subterranean termites in your home or business, the best course of action is to let a qualified pest control expert assess the level of the infestation.
Eliminate Moisture Issues
- Remove excessive plant cover
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean
- Get rid of standing water on roof
- Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and A/C units
Eliminate Termite Food Sources
- Get rid of stumps and debris near house
- Check decks and wooden fences for damage
- Wood on your home shouldn’t contact the soil
Call Eary Termite and Pest Service
today at (855) 590-5151 for more information about termites and how to safeguard against them.