5 Big Signs You May Have Drywood Termites

5 big signs you may have termites.

As their name suggests, drywood termites primarily live in conditions where they find dry wood. They can be found in home foundations , door and window frames and can go undetected by the residents of the home for ages. They frantically feed on any piece of wood found anywhere around the household.

If you are aware of drywood termites are in the neighborhood, especially at this time of the year when termites are the most active, it’s a good idea to make regular inspections around your house or apartment to catch them as early as possible to prevent termite damage to your home.

Here are the 5 signs you may have termite issues:

1. Hollow Wood
Drywood termites usually devour wood from the inside out, leaving a thin outer layer of timber  and sometimes even just the paint. When you knock or tap on an area that you suspect has termite damage, it will sound hollow or papery. This is because part or all of the timber inside has been consumed.

2. Hard to close doors and hard-to-open windows
Usually believed to be a sign of damp or hot weather, doors that are warped or windows that become stiff when opening and closing may mean a termite problem. The moisture that termite produce when consuming wood and burrowing through the wood within doors and window frames causes wood to become warped, making it difficult to shut or open windows and doors.

3. Wood Tunnels
Burrows made from termites, also known as termite galleries, may be difficult to view from the from the outside. But if you simply break a piece of broken wood in your house that has been infested you will clearly see tunnels created by the infestation of termites.

4. Termite Droppings
A good indication left behind by drywood termites, is frass – the fecal matter they push out of their galleries when tunneling and eating wood. In large infestations of termites. Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites don’t use their droppings to build their tunnels. Drywood termites like to keep their tunnels and nests nice and clean so they push their feces out of small holes near the entrances to their nest. This results in small black marks and a dark powdery substance around the area they are infesting.

3. “White Ants”

People often mistake termites with white ants. This misconception is an easy one to make as ants and termites often resemble each other in both shape, size and occasionally behavior.

So how can you tell the difference between ants and termites?

  • Termites are cream colored and can sometimes look transparent.

  • Termites have straight antennae compared to ants which look bent.

  • The waist section of a termite is a lot thicker than that of an ants. Ants have a more narrow abdomen.

  • Both flying ants and termites have two sets of wings. However a termite’s are both the same size compared to an ant who has a larger set and a smaller set.

Also, there is no species of white ant. So if you see something that looks like a white ant, its most likely a sign of termites.

Inspect Your Home and Take Action
Termites are notorious for causing a large amount of damage to homes ($5 Bill. annually)  that often go undetected for long periods of time. By the time homeowners realize they have a termite problem, an expensive amount of damage may have been done to the structure and wooden elements of the home. The thing that is most painful is that these repairs done by termite damage are usually always out of pocket as insurance companies don’t insure homes for termite damage like damage caused by natural disasters.

If you find termite activity in your home, you will want to act fast. Essential Pest control will provide a courtesy inspection and find the best plan of action.

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