All about Drywood Termites: Nature's Little Wood-Eaters

You may have heard of drywood termites, but do you know much about them? Well, buckle up because we’re here to tell you all about nature’s little wood-eaters!

Drywood termites are a type of insect that lives in the dry wood they eat. They’re small and sneaky and can cause a lot of damage if left unchecked. Let’s look at what makes drywood termites unique.

What Drywood Termites Look Like?

Drywood TermitesDrywood termites are small, light brown or tan insects that measure between 3 and 10mm long. They have straight antennae, and their bodies are divided into three segments: head, thorax, and abdomen. Their wings are long and narrow, indicating they’re capable of flight.

Where Do They Live?

Unlike other types of termites, drywood termites don’t need soil moisture to survive. Instead, they prefer warm climates with low moisture levels—think attic spaces or furniture—where they can munch on wood without worrying about water damage or flooding. They tend to stay within the boundaries of their colonies and rarely travel far outside them.

What Do They Eat?

As you may have guessed from their name, drywood termites feed primarily on dry wood—hence why they like to set up shop inside attics or furniture! What might surprise you is that these tiny critters don’t just eat wood; they also munch on paper products like cardboard boxes or books, as well as leather goods, such as shoes or belts. So be sure to check your belongings for any signs of these little bugs before bringing anything new into your home!

Where Do I Look for Signs of Drywood Termites?

The easiest place to start looking for signs of drywood termites is by inspecting exterior walls and decks. These areas are often where the first signs of an infestation will appear. Pay special attention to exposed wood around windows, doors, and vents, as well as any areas where water may have puddled or pooled near your foundation. Keep an eye out for small holes that appear in wood surfaces or nearby soils – these are typical indicators that drywood termites have moved into your home.

Another sign that homeowners should look out for is the presence of “frass” – essentially sawdust-like material created by termite activity – which can accumulate near infestations or inside wall voids. If you find frass in your home, it’s important to take action right away as this indicates a larger issue at play.

Finally, one of the most telling clues that there may be a drywood termite infestation in progress is the presence of winged swarmers inside the house or nearby structures. These winged insects are usually spotted during the spring months and will typically fly toward light sources before exiting through windows and doors.

Don’t Be the Family that Let the Termites Win

If you think your house is dealing with a drywood termite issue, don’t delay – act quickly! Call BUGCO® Pest Control immediately for a prompt and comprehensive investigation. Our certified professionals will be able to assess the situation, determine an effective treatment plan, and help bring back your peace of mind.

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