Drywood Termites

Fumigation

Fumigation involves covering the residence with a tent and pumping Vikane Gas into the property. The complete fumigation process takes up to three days and occupants must be vacated from the premises. Although more expensive and troublesome to occupants, Fumigation is the #1 method of eliminating drywood termite infestations.

Spot Treatment

Localized treatment or “Spot” treatment has many benefits to the homeowner. One being that it is much cheaper than a fumigation. Once a complete inspection has been performed and a determination is established that the infestation is accessible for treatment, then it is possible to use localized treatment methods to exterminate the termite colony.

About Drywood Termites

drywood_termite_castesaltDrywood Termites are up to one-half inch long. Drywood termites create colonies in wood and require very little moisture to survive. Unlike Subterranean Termites, they don’t require any direct connection to soil. They eat all types of wood and occasionally other cellulose material like cardboard or books. Drywood Termite infestations can exist for long periods of time before being discovered, often eating wood away but leaving the paint in place.

The most common evidence of Drywood Termites is small piles of sawdust colored pellets that fall from kick-out holes made by the termites. Just one or two pellets is difficult to see, but over time an active colony will create thousands of these pellets making their presence more obvious.

Termite Colonies:

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King and Queen

At least one King and Queen are at the center of every termite colony. The Queens sole purpose is to reproduce. Some live for as long as 30 years.

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Eggs

Queens can lay thousands of eggs every year. Eggs hatch into Nymphs.

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Nymphs

While in the nymph state, nymphs diverge into different castes: workers, soldiers, reproductives, and supplementary reproductives.

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Workers

Workers are blind, wingless termites that maintain the colony, build and repair the nest and tubes, forage for food, and care for the other termites. They are the most numerous caste and the most likely to be found in infested wood.

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Soldiers

Soldiers are sterile, wingless, and blind. Their sole function is to defend the colony.

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Winged Reproductives

These termites will eventually leave the colony as Adult Swarmers. After swarming, they shed thier wings and pair up. Each male-female pair attempts to start a new colony.

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Supplementary Reproductives

These termites help increase the population of established colonies and serve as replacments for the King or Queen if they should die.