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How to Spot a Drywood Termite

How to Spot a Drywood Termite

Between beach trips, road trips to Disney World, and laying out by the pool, there’s no doubt that Florida summers are a lot of fun. But we’re not the only ones who thrive in the warmer months here in Florida; summer is many insects’ time to shine as well. As a homeowner, the summer months can feel like you’re finding a new insect every single day. But what do you when you find drywood termites? 

It can be difficult to spot a drywood termite infestation, but they are within the wood on which they feed on and eat your home from the inside out. Even though all the termites are dangerous, drywood termites are the biggest threat to homeowners in Florida. Because they build a colony and live inside the wood, they are harder to spot than other breeds. They cause serious damage to the foundation of your home without you even realizing it. That’s why it’s important to spot them before it’s too late and conduct an effective drywood termite treatment. Let’s take a closer look at how to spot a drywood termite infestation to avoid serious problems. 


You hear clicking noises

You may be familiar with termite’s appearance, but are you familiar with how they sound? If you have a drywood termite infestation in your Martin County home and you listen closely, you will find that they are very noisy eaters. This is one of the ways to spot them by listening for soft clicking noises in the wood. Put your ears close to any wood and if you hear them munching away, that is a sign of drywood termite infestation in your home. 


The infested wood is hollow

Drywood termites consume wood inside out, leaving a thin layer of timber. If you tap or knock on the area where you suspect termite infestation, it will sound hollow or thin. When drywood termites infest on wood, they devour all of the wood all the way to the surface of the wood. If you see the area of wood under the surface is almost completely consumed, you should assume you have drywood termite infestation.


You find flying termites and their wings

Another way to spot a drywood termite is by discovering the presence of flying termites known as swarmers or reproductives. These flying termites are both males and females that leave the nest to find a mate and establish a new colony. They might be found at night or after the rain. Fallen wings of flying termites are another sign of drywood termite infestation. Flying termites lose their wings when shortly after finding a mate. So, if you spot wings or winged termites, you should be concerned about a large infestation within your home.


The insect looks like a “white ant”

Many people mistake drywood termites with white ants. It is a common mistake to make as they are similar in shape, size, and behavior. The biggest differences between them are termites have cream-colored bodies, straight antenna, and thicker waist part. If you spot an insect that looks like a white ant, you can assume that it is a drywood termite.


You come across termite droppings

Droppings left behind by drywood termites are called frass, which is the fecal matter they push out of their galleries when tunneling and eating wood. Unlike other termites, drywood termites don’t use their droppings to build their tunnels. They like to keep their tunnels and nests nice and clean. That’s why drywood termites push out of frass near the entrance of their nest. If you see small dark marks and a dark powdery substance in your house, that’s a sign of drywood termite infestation. 

If your house is infested with drywood termites and needs drywood termite treatment in Martin County, contact us today! We specialize in environmentally-conscious solutions to your pest problems. We will work with you to find the best solutions to meet your needs.

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