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Houston's Complete Guide To Effective Drywood Termite Control

July 15, 2021 - Termites

When you purchased your first home, did your realtor warn you about termites? Most do not because these pests tend to scare potential buyers, especially if the house is not in pristine condition to start with. We think that every home purchase should come with a detailed guide to termites. But, since this isn't the case, we are here today with the information you need. To help you combat invasive wood-destroying pests around your Houston home, here is an effective guide to drywood termite control.

What Are Drywood Termites?

Drywood termites are a species that live in our area and are known for infesting dry pieces of wood. These pests build their nests inside wooden structures and swarm once a year, usually during spring. You can discern drywood termites by their two sets of wings. Their topmost wings have three or more well-pigmented veins that line their outer edges. One way to tell drywood termites from their close cousins is by the speed at which they shed their wings after swarming, unlike subterranean termites, who sometimes keep their wings until death.

Are Drywood Termites Worse Than Subterranean Termites?

One thing people frequently ask us is which are worse, drywood or subterranean termites. The answer is subterranean termites, mainly because of where they live. Subterranean termites live underground and can expand or split their colonies almost infinitely, allowing for higher populations and more protection from the elements. Drywood termites, on the other hand, live inside the wood they infest, which limits them on space and how fast they can tunnel.

How Destructive Are Drywood Termites

Just because drywood termites are not as destructive as subterranean termites does not mean they are not still destructive. When left unchecked, these pests cause tens of thousands of dollars in structural damage. One reason drywood termites often go untreated is that they are hard to identify. Signs of an infestation are subtle and do not become obvious until severe damage has occurred.

Some Strategies To Prevent Drywood Termites

If your home does not have a drywood termite infestation, now is your time to put in place some prevention tips to keep these pests away. Here are some helpful tips and tricks our experts recommend you start with.

  • Store firewood and untreated lumber at least 30 feet away from your home's exterior.
  • Treat or paint structural wood around your home that is sun-weathered or otherwise aged.
  • Treat and repaint old decks, sheds, and outbuildings.
  • Use caulk to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home's exterior foundation.
  • Remove fallen trees, dead stumps, and unwanted lumber from your property.
  • Clean up leaf piles, sticks, and other organic debris from your yard.

When To Call In The Professionals

Because drywood termites are so difficult to identify, we highly recommend hiring a professional to inspect your home for these pests. To help homeowners assess their risk of a termite infestation, we offer detailed inspections at Caraway Pest Control. We use this as a starting point to figure out your needs. If necessary, we will implement termite control methods to eliminate current threats and prevent future problems. Monitoring these treatments carefully, we will adjust things as needed to ensure your home and property stay termite-free year-round.

All you have to do is contact us today to discuss your options and find a time that works to have your Houston property inspected for silent and destructive drywood termites. We will take care of the rest.

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