Drywood Termites

pp termite2These social insects infest dry wood and do not require contact with the soil like Subterranean termites.

Drywood termites form colonies of up to 2,500 members. Unlike subterranean termite species, drywood termite colonies do not have a worker caste. The work is done by immature termites before they reach adulthood. These termites bore through wood, leaving holes to “kick out” waste material and fecal matter. These small holes are called Kick-out holes. The waste material and fecal matter combined form pellets and are often found near the site of kick-out holes. Each year, drywood termites leave their nests and fly to new locations. This process is called swarming and it often takes place during the fall season in southern California.

Drywood termites infest dry wood, like window frames, attics, eaves and decks. They also infest trees and wood fences.

Each year, drywood termites cause millions in damages throughout the southwest. If left untreated for a long period of time, they can compromise a building or structure’s safety.

Preventing a drywood infestation can be very difficult. Since these termites usually begin their colonies in the wood by flying to the structure, you will have a very tough time keeping them from arriving. Eliminating Drywood Termites really is a job best left to licensed professional pest control companies. We offer a variety of drywood termite treatments that include localized spot treatment, fumigation and heat as well as wood repairs and restoration to infested areas. For more information about our drywood termite services, call us today.