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Keeping Drywood Termites From Tearing Up Your Anaheim Home

July 1, 2022 - Termites

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Have you ever heard of drywood termites? Maybe you've heard of another termite species in Anaheim, the subterranean termite, but drywood termites aren't as well-known. But, it's essential to know about these termites and the destruction they cause. Drywood termites are just as problematic and challenging to deal with as their relatives, and they can even invade structures that don't have moisture problems.

To prevent drywood termites, you need to take specific steps. Luckily, the Anaheim termite control experts at A-1 Bonded Termite have the information you need to avoid these pests. Read on to identify, prevent, and remove drywood termites from your Anaheim property. 

Five Alarming Signs You May Have Drywood Termites

The first step in drywood termite control is knowing whether or not you have an infestation. Drywood termites are difficult to detect because they create their colonies directly in wooden structures and items. They rarely leave their nests, and the wooden tunnels they build provide all the food, water, and shelter they'll need. Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites don't need soil-to-wood access or high moisture to invade homes.

While these termites are hard to identify, knowing the following signs are helpful:

  1. Discovering termite excrement called termite frass

  2. Hearing a hollow sound when you tap on walls

  3. Seeing bubbling or peeling paint around the home

  4. Finding that doors and windows are fitting tightly in their frames

  5. Noticing discarded termite wings around our property

Unfortunately, some of the most apparent signs of drywood termites only appear after the damage has already occurred. So, if you don't think you have a termite issue yet, it's wise to reach out and request a termite inspection to catch these pests early on.

How To Identify Drywood Termite Droppings

Termite droppings are called frass. All termites produce frass, but the appearance of these droppings varies depending on the specific species. While subterranean termite frass looks like sawdust, drywood termites excrete wood pellets. The pellets are only about one millimeter long and are oval-shaped and covered in indentations. They look similar to beans and can range in color from cream to dark brown.

How To Get Rid Of Drywood Termites

Drywood termites are particularly challenging to remove because they build their tunnels. Since they live directly inside the wood and don't need to leave to eat or drink, they are hard to detect and eliminate. You can purchase DIY termite control products at the store, but these only work to an extent. You likely won't even know if you've eradicated the entire infestation and might think they're gone only to realize you never eliminated them.

While drywood termites are problematic pests, the Anaheim pest control experts at A-1 Bonded Termite provide termite prevention and removal services that work.

Complete Drywood Termite Management With A-1 Bonded Termite

Drywood termites are hard to prevent because they can invade even if you don't have humidity issues or obvious entry points into your house. These pests are also notorious for damaging structurally sound wood and getting into the upper levels of buildings.

Instead of handling these problematic pests on your own, make the process simple by contacting our team. We know how stressful termite infestations are for homeowners, so we make prevention and control easy. We specialize in termite exclusion and fumigation so that you can trust our years of experience. Call A-1 Bonded Termite to request an inspection of your home and get termites out of your home.

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