Termite Control in Dallas, Houston And Surrounding Areas
Drywood Unlike subterranean termites, which built colonies in the soil, drywood termite colonies do not need contact with soil moisture or any other water source. As their name suggests, drywood termites occur in dry wood that may be above ground level. Drywood termites build colonies in structural wood such as fence and utility posts, furniture, moldings, door and window frames, and so forth.
In the US drywood termites are found in regions that do not experience freezing temperatures during most winters. Isolated infestations may occasionally be found north of these areas however. Drywood termites also may be transported in wooden articles and start local, indoor infestations anywhere.
Since colonies are usually constructed inside wood, finding these termites can be difficult during routine pest and dry-rot inspections. Therefore, one of the best ways to identify an active infestation is the presence of fecal pellets. Drywood termite fecal pellets are kicked out of the colony by workers and may accumulate below infestations. Fecal pellets have a distinct ridged shape and are about 1/25" long (about the size of table salt).
Wood is damaged as the drywood worker termites tunnel to enlarge their colony. Drywood termite galleries cut across the wood's grain (right) thus weakening the wood's internal structure and eventually the wood fails. Fecal pellets may be packed into some of the galleries Drywood termite damage tends to progress more slowly than damage from subterranean termites but because it is so difficult to detect, considerable damage, extending over a wide area, may be present by the time it is first found (below right).
At this time we do not treat for drywood termites. If you believe you might have drywood termites we can identify them for you. Most pest control companies do not specialize in this species of termites. We would suggest seeking a company that specializes in this type of treatments.