Drywood Termites are social insects that live in colonies in sound, dry wood. Each colony consists of offspring from an original pair (male and female). They don’t live in the ground nor do they need to maintain contact with the soil. They spend their entire lives inside the wood.
Drywood termites produce characteristic pellets. These pellets are eliminated from the galleries through “kick out holes.” Pellets tend to accumulate on surfaces located below the kick out holes and are usually the first evidence of a drywood termite infestation.
Generally, the first indirect sign of infestation is the discovery of fecal pellets or the presence of alates on window sills or near lights. Another indication of infestation is the presence of discarded wings near emergence sites, on window sills or caught in cobwebs. The presence of alates outdoors is a natural phenomenon and is not an implication of home infestation.
Whole-structure treatments have an advantage over spot treatments because they eliminate all infestations, even hidden ones. With the uncertainty of current detection methods, particularly when drywall or other wall coverings conceal infestations, there is always some doubt as to the extent of dry-wood termite colony boundaries within homes. Consequently one can never be sure that all infestations have been treated when applying spot treatments.
If you think you may have drywood termites, call us at 559-291-4900!
We will advise you of your options and what will be the best approachto eliminating the colony.