This termite can keep people up at night due to it’s method of entry into a home.
When it swarms it does not renter the soil but may rather light of the side of a structure and enter through the openings in siding or fascia boards. It does not require the same moisture levels and therefore begins its colony in the structure right from day one. The drywood termite can survive on very little moisture as it recycles any moisture harvested from the wood it ingests. A sure sign of drywood termites are pellets they produce.
SIGNS OF AN INFESTATION
Termite Swarm: After 2 to 4 years a subterranean termite colony may be mature enough to produce "swarmers" (winged primary reproductives). These termite "swarmers" leave the colony in large numbers during the spring and early summer months. Swarming may occur in the Houston area at any time of the year due to certain environmental conditions. The traditional season for us however is generally April through June and may be preceeded by a morning rain with light winds. The number of "swarmers" produced is proportional to the age and size of the colony.
If this should occur, while it can be intimidating to a property owner we simply suggest collecting a few for our technicians to positively identify and then vacuum the rest. The action of the vacuum will likely kill them and you can dispose of the remaining "swarmers" into a trash bag.
Termite Mud: When termites have successfully entered a structure they begin consuming wood (cellulose) for their nurishment and that of the queen and juveniles. They will eat and tunnel through framing members, trim work, door casings, wood flooring, cabinets, carpet fibers (if natural fibers), sheetrock paper, wall paper, newspaper, books, linens and anything else you can think of with natural cellulose. When in search of additional food they know virtually no boundary.
Cracking/Crumbling Paint: This could be a sign of tunneling activity described above and should be examined by a trained professional. Termites may actually penetrate the skin of your enamel paint on trim work. Don’t take a chance thinking it’s just a bad paint job or defective wood – get it checked today!
Pellets: Note that these are only produced by Drywood Termites! They are excrement pellets and are approximately 1/32" long, rather blount on one end and pointed on the other. The pellets will have a similar color to the wood the Drywood Termites have been consuming.
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