Drywood termites cause billions of dollars in property damage every year. Most of the destruction is done silently and by the time it is discovered, entire structures require extensive repairs.
Below are five signs of drywood termites. Be on the lookout for these 5 signs to protect yourself from these destructive pests.
1. You have a wooden structure or wooden belongings. As long as you live within hospitable areas for these pests and own things made of wood, you are at risk. A brick home won’t have damage in the brick but is an easy target in the wood trim. One of the favorite haunts for these wood eaters is antique furniture and clocks. If you have anything wood, you are at risk!
2. Small, growing piles of ‘sawdust’ that isn’t sawdust at all! Drywood termites must excrete waste so they produce ‘fecal pellets’. They don’t want to contaminate their habitat so they kick the fecal pellets out of designated ‘kick-out holes’ and they accumulate in piles. If you see a growing pile of sawdust, inspect it carefully and if it looks like six-sided capsules, you have an active infestation.
3. Evidence of rotting wood. Drywood termites tunnel behind the outer surface of wood and compromise the wood’s integrity. Wood with this damage will warp, crack, split and is easily penetrated by the pointed end of a pencil. It is a fantastic idea to inspect all wood structures and belongings at least once a year to search out evidence of damage.
4. Light sounds of knocking and other movements inside the wood. This is incredibly creepy but true. Termites communicate with each other inside their tunnels and under the right circumstances, it can actually be heard. Granted, this would have to be a pretty established population (which means all the other signs have been overlooked which isn’t a good thing), but some people are such good housekeepers, the evidence is constantly being destroyed.
5. Wood that is falling apart because the damage is so great, it can’t sustain itself. This is most likely to happen in out of the way, not often seen areas like the lower back side of an outdoor storage shed. But if you see siding that is splitting in half, eaves below the gutters crumpling in splinters or you’ve stepped through the deck, the drywood termites are to blame and it is time for serious repairs.
Help save yourself from costly repairs due to drywood termites by looking out for these signs. Prevention is key so good luck!
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