Fecal pellets, hexagonal in shape, are diagnostic for drywood termites. Powderpost or "furniture termites" as they can be referred to have small fecal pellets and are smaller in size than other drywood termites. Because drywood termites live within the wood, they produce fecal pellets. Formosan termites consume summerwood, as do drywood termites, but their galleries contain no fecal pellets. In addition to weakened wood, drywood termites will make small holes from their nest from which they will drop small, hard fecal pellets. The presence of fecal pellets will let you know that you have drywood termites. Since drywood termites kick the fecal pellets out of their colonies, piles often accumulate below infestation sites. When describing boards, you say, "it did have frass in it.", the fecal pellets (frass) of drywood termites are found inside galleries and are called frass.
As their name suggests, drywood termites occur in dry wood that may be above ground level. Drywood termites are social insects that live in colonies in sound, dry wood. Drywood termites infest dry wood, like that found in attic framings. Subterranean termites live in the soil, while drywood termites live in sound, dry wood above ground level. Whereas subterranean termites need moisture to survive, drywood termites feed on dry wood that is located above ground level. Colonies of subterranean termites are located in the soil, while drywood termites live in sound, dry wood. Drywood termites live in dry wood, such as in attics and crawlspaces, and do not need contact with soil to survive. Typically you will locate a termite colony in the upper beams or rafters of a home, this would eliminate subterranean termites.
Western drywood termites typically infest wood with a moisture content of 12% or less. Drywood termites live in wood that has fairly low moisture content and is not in contact with soil or any other moisture source. As the name implies, drywood termites establish in dry, sound wood that may have as little as 3 percent moisture content. This results in less moisture content and less chances of drywood termites flourishing in structure. Cryptotermes drywood termites infest the structural timbers of buildings, furniture and other dry timbers having with low moisture content and do not need soil contact.
As social insects, Drywood Termites live in colonies consisting of male and female swarmers, soldiers, and workers. Behavior: Drywood termites are social insects that live in colonies. Behavior Drywood termites are social insects that live in colonies. They have six legs, compound eyes and chewing mandibles Drywood termites are social insects that live in colonies.
The peak swarming months for drywood termites are January through May, while dampwood termites can swarm from late spring through to the fall months. Normally drywood termites will swarm only at night beginning in late spring through the fall (May-October).
Most termite species swarm in late summer or fall, although spring swarms are not uncommon for subterranean and drywood termites. More primative termite species such as the drywood termites, which do not have a worker caste, have these functions carried out by immature soldiers. Most termite species swarm in late summer or fall, although spring swarms are not uncommon for subterranean and drywood termites
Pest control companies try to keep secret the proper tools and methods needed to kill subterranean and drywood termites. It is advised that you seek a pest professional if you suspect that you have drywood termites, someone at ePestSolutions can help you identify the problem and guide you to the correct solution for drywood termites. Eliminating Drywood Termites can be difficult and having the right tools and advice will help you be successful. Professionals use new tools to eliminate drywood termites or wood boring beetles without fumigation. Wood treatments such as Bora Care or Tim-bor and termite foaming agents such as Premise Foam make drywood termite control more attainable without fumigation.
A whole house Bora-Care treatment delivers residual protection against drywood termites and other wood destroying organisms for the entire structure, unlike fumigation. Bora Care is used for interior and exterior control of Drywood termites, Subterranean termites, Formosan termites, wood destroying beetles and wood decay fungi. Tim-bor is labeled for the control and prevention of drywood termites, wood destroying beetles, wood decay fungi, carpenter ants and termites.
Drywood termites are larger than subterranean termites. Drywood termites are dark brown with black wings and a reddish brown head and thorax. In the Drywood termites these winged adults are reddish brown, and the wings have a slight brown tint to them as well. Western drywood termites have dark brown bodies, reddish brown heads and thoraxes, and black wings.
In the past a home infested with drywood termites would require tent fumigation. Tent fumigation is not a preventive treatment and this treatment method only eradicates existing infestations of drywood termites.
New homes can be permanently protected against drywood termites by applying a Bora Care solution to all exposed wood surfaces during the construction process.