Many residents of Florida, especially those living near the coast or in southern counties, will experience a drywood termite infestation in their home. Unlike subterranean termites which require excess moisture, drywood termites spend almost their entire life cycle inside the sound, dry wood members upon which they feed. Only during brief swarming flights do young adults leave the confines of their galleries to begin new colonies elsewhere. Winged adults or “swarmers”, shed wings, ejected pellets, and galleries inside wood are typical signs of a drywood termite infestation. Swarming ants are sometimes confused with termites, but their differences are easy to recognize.
SWARMS: With a drywood termite infestation, after mating, the parent termites will fly out of their colonies to create more colonies. Heavy moisture (rain) mixed with heat will cause
the termites to swarm.
FRASS: Termites basically extract moisture from fecal pellets to save it causing what is called frass. The termites do not want this substance in their dwelling so they remove this from
their tunnels therefore leaving mounds of frass as evidence of termites. They are about 1mm long and hexagonal.
If a drywood termite infestation is suspected in your house, a thorough examination of the entire structure should be conducted IMMEDIATELY. A careful inspection is critical in order to determine the extent of an infestation and location(s) of other possible drywood termite colonies. The results of the inspection will dictate the best treatment option(s). It is prudent to contact PEST DEPOT as soon as possible for A FREE INSPECTION about specific treatment recommendations which best fit your needs.