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What To Do When Drywood Termites Attack Your Home

Many owners in Orange County are calling for help because they are seeing hundreds or even thousands of termites swarming around their homes and businesses.
Drywood termites swarm during the months of September and October. This is when they have their mating season. Swarming is triggered by bright sunlight and temperatures of over 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
These termites are poor fliers and they usually don’t travel very far unless there is a strong breeze to help carry them further. Once they land, they shed their wings and start the mating process. Then, they start looking for a piece of wood to enter. Cracks, knot holes or joints between pieces of wood are the easiest places to start a colony. The king and queen will remain in their small nest as they build up their family.
Drywood termite colonies are small and usually consist of up to 2,500 members. It is common to find multiple colonies in a single piece of wood, so when you combine the numbers, it is easy to understand why you may find over 10,000 termites living in just one single stick of lumber. When you have that many termites eating 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, you’re going to start seeing a substantial amount of damage.
Locating all of the nests can be next to impossible. For example, you may carefully inspect a piece of wood and find absolutely no signs of infestation, only to come back a month later and see termites launching out of that same member. Times like this are why we all wish we had Xray vision.

Another common occurrence is for homeowners to find piles of termite wings around their doors and windows during the swarming season. Many people will assume that the termite nests are located in these areas, but that is often not the case. That is because drywood termites are attracted to light and they could easily be flying from another portion of your home towards the bright light. In a case like this, one may never find the origin of the termites. This is especially true if all of the wood members are hidden from view.

Evidence of termite pellets (fecal droppings) is one of the easiest ways to locate a nest. By carefully inspecting the area, one can usually find where the pellets are coming from, and decide which eradication method will be most effective.

If you see a swarm of termites at your home, does it mean you have a problem?

You’ll find drywood termites flying around everywhere during this time of year. You may see them on the outside of your home, or even floating in your swimming pool. You may even have them fly into your home through open doors and windows. Just because you see them in these locations, it does not necessarily mean that your home has an infestation.

What to do when termites attack your home

If you see evidence of drywood termites, the first thing you should do is to order a thorough inspection of the structure. All of the areas of infestation should be carefully noted.

If the area of infestation can be located and it is fully accessible, a localized/spot treatment of the area may be all you need to have done.

Localized treatments are performed by drilling small holes in the infested wood members and injecting a termiticide into the termite galleries.

If the infestation extends into areas that cannot be seen or accessed, an all-encompassing type of treatment, such as fumigation, will probably be needed.

Spot treatments vs. fumigations

Spot treatments verses fumigations for the elimination of drywood termites is an age-old argument. There are some termite companies that claim they can solve all termite problems by performing local/spot treatments. Some other companies only offer fumigations. At Termite Terry Pest Control, we would prefer to give you the facts and let you decide what is best for you.

When you are trying to decide which treatment is best for your situation, here are several key facts you should consider:

  • Is the infestation visible and accessible for treatment? If you can see where the infestation is located and it is fully accessible for treatment, a localized treatment may be all you need.
  • If the infestation extends into inaccessible areas and you can’t see all of the areas that need to be treated, you’ll have to open up the areas and make them accessible for treatment. Or, you can fumigate the home to completely eliminate the termites, without having to tear your home apart and do any further damage.

Do you have a termite problem and need help? Call us at (949) 631-7348 and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience.