Termites can strike any dwelling with a wooden structure, and residents of Florida need to be particularly on guard against drywood termite infestations. In contrast to termites that live underground and whose lives depend on being near a source of moisture, drywood termites can enjoy an entire lifetime actually spent inside the wood that makes up your home. They can survive without access to a large amount of moisture.
Termites are known as detritus feeders (AKA: “detrivores”), which means that they live on dead trees and plants as well as dead tree branches still connected to living trees. The enormous amount of wood that makes up your home presents a tempting snack to swarming drywood termites in search of their next big meal.
Residents who live in Florida’s southernmost counties or near the coastline must pay close attention to their homes because these regions are more susceptible to drywood termite invasion.
Drywood termites can live their entire life inside wooden members supporting your home. Once termites have inhabited your dwelling and settled inside the wood, they will eat structural members, chew up the floors and attack decorative wood trim. In some cases, you may even find drywood termites in your wooden furniture.
A homes whose structure has been compromised by damage from a drywood termite infestation must be inspected by a licensed pest control professional or a local building inspector.
Inspections for termites and termite damage should be conducted by qualified experts, such as the professionally trained technicians at Bug Out. If you have any reason to suspect a drywood termite invasion, call for an inspection without delay.
The pest control professional will inspect your home, checking for telltale signs of an infestation, including signs of damaged wood, evidence of a recent swarm (wings that have fallen off of their bodies) and termite droppings.
Preventative & Post Constructions Measures
After your inspector and you settle on a treatment plan for removing the drywood termites, your thoughts will naturally turn toward what you can do to prevent a future infestation.
Though the best solution for withstanding a drywood termite invasion is to have the home treated prior to construction. If you are dealing with a home after construction, you cannot treat all the wood with products, according to the University of Florida’s report on drywood termite control.
However, professionals can make post construction spot treatments. Treatments include dusting current active drywood termite galleries and post applying borates, which repel swarms of termites, to all unfinished wood, attics and wall voids. The most effective post construction treatment for drywood termites is fumigation. Structural fumigation of residential homes involves enclosing the home with a sealed tent and exposing the invading pests inside to a fumigant gas.
At Bug Out, our professional trained pest control experts have been serving homeowners in the greater Jacksonville, FL area and beyond for more than five decades now. If you know you have a drywood termite infestation or simply suspect that there may be a problem with these pests, you will want to contact us as soon as possible for an inspection. For details on our drywood termite eradication services or to set up an appointment, please contact Bug Out today.