Drywood termites live deep inside wood and are rarely visible. Roughly twice per year, drywood termites swarm looking for a new place to call home. Because of the difficulty in detecting drywood termites and determining the extent of the damage done, do-it-yourself treatments are not recommended.
Termite colonies are made up of a queen, soldiers and workers. The termite queen is tended to and the colony is built and maintained by the soldiers and workers. Drywood termites prefer temperatures above 120 F which makes attics most susceptible to infestation.
DRYWOOD TERMITE IDENTIFICATION
During the swarming phase, drywood termites exhibit dark brown body with black smoky wings. The head and thorax are reddish brown.
Drywood termite pellets are a tell-tale sign of activity. Piles of fecal matter (digested wood) may appear throughout infested areas.
If you are concerned you may have termites, that’s where we come in. All of our licensed termite inspectors have the experience and knowledge to detect where the termites are hiding. Give Thrasher Termite & Pest Control a call to identify the problem and help you solve it.
ELIMINATING EXISTING INFESTATIONS
All drywood termite control methods are categorized as either whole-structure treatment or localized treatment. These two methods are quite different and a homeowner should know the distinction between the two when deciding which method to select.
- A whole-structure treatment is also called a fumigation. A fumigation comes with a 100% guarantee that all drywood termite activity has been eradicated, not only at the areas that we found infestations, but also at any other area of the house that might have a concealed or unknown infestation. Thrasher provides an industry leading three-year warranty on all of our fumigations and we can also offer an extended warranty that will protect you beyond the three-year period.
- A localized treatment is when one specific area or several specific areas are treated for the control of drywood termites. While this method is very effective and sometimes might be the only choice, it provides termite control at only the areas that are known to be infested. When we find drywood termite activity at one unit in a condominium complex this is typically the preferred method of treatment. There are also many homeowners that don’t want to go through the fumigation process and a localized treatment is a better choice for them. We have had great success with our localized treatment methods and our call back rate is extremely low. We are in and out of your house in one day and there is little disruption, but your termites are gone. We offer ongoing, year-round termite protection plans backed by the strongest guarantees.