When we have a mild winter here in Central Florida it can be great for Drywood Termites and in turn bad for homeowners. Without a freeze the termite population can multiply and thrive.
Here are a few quick facts about Drywood Termites:
• Drywood Termites are non-subterranean, that means that they won’t go underground but will instead start colonies in isolated pieces of wood.
• Dry wood termites don’t require contact with the soil and can survive without a water source.
• Treating the soil under or around a structure will not protect it from Drywood Termites.
• Baiting systems and liquid treatments for subterranean termites will not protect a structure from Drywood Termites.
• Drywood Termites like to hide in the wood or other material that they are feeding on. This means they are seldom seen unless it is a swarm that flies from colonized wood during the late spring and summer.
There are a variety of signs you can look for when trying to determine if you have the pesky drywood termites in or around your home.
• Winged insects that emerge in the evening and during the night that are attracted to lights.
• Discarded wings that accumulate around windowsills or in spider webs
• Fecal pellets (smaller than rice grains) accumulating on floors or under furniture. Pellets usually fall into piles as the termites push them out of the infested wood.
• In the case of advanced infestation there might be surface blisters. Drywood Termites sometimes tunnel close to the surface giving the wood a blistered appearance.
To make sure you don’t have Drywood Termites give Lewis Cobb a call so one of our specialists can come out and examine your home. Preventative measures are the best way to ensure you catch them early. Give us a call to set up an appointment.