Drywood termites can wreak havoc. They can be silently destroying your home and other property with very few clues. But if you know what to look for, the damage can be arrested early on. Learn the facts and fiction below.
Fact: Drywood Termites only eat dry wood. They need very little moisture and go after either dead wood in the forest or finished wood like the siding of your house.
Fiction: All termites build tunnels up from the ground under the house to enter. Very false. Subterranean termites may do this but are a completely different species.
Fact: Drywood termites are found throughout the United States in areas within an hour’s drive from the coastline.
Fiction: They prefer housing and other structures. These wood munching creatures love dry wood that is easily accessible. Antique clocks, doll furniture, even musical instruments are all fair game.
Fact: Evidence of these pests are fecal pellet piles outside of tiny kick-out holes. These creatures tunnel horizontally inside a structure by ingesting the wood. They remove their waste by pushing the pellets outside of tiny holes. The pellets form piles that appear as sawdust. If you have what looks like a pile of sawdust outside of some wood, you are dealing with drywood termites.
Fiction: The only way to get rid of them is to tent the structure. WRONG! An unscrupulous pest control operator may tell you that to get a huge contract but that is NOT the only solution. The individual kick out holes can be addressed using a cedar based product with great success.
Fact: Cedar controls drywood termites. Why do you think cedar siding was ever developed? No other wood is used without a finishing treatment besides cedar. That is because cedar is deadly to termites as well as all pheromone-driven (or smell driven) pests. Cedar is the ultimate control.
Fiction: Only toxic chemicals will work to control termites. Wrong. The termite business is huge and the typical solutions are extremely toxic, synthetic chemicals that have supposed effectiveness for years, even decades. While pesticide pros will tout that as a selling point, think for just a minute about toxic, odorless, colorless chemicals at the foundation of your home emitting poison for years…
Fact: You can control these pests yourself. You can choose a cedar based product that requires no pesticide license to apply. Save money AND use something that causes no harm.
Fiction: You must hire a professional as homeowners cannot possibly deal with these successfully. Again, the termite industry is big business and they want to keep it that way and out of your hands.
Drywood termites leave telltale signs of kick out holes and piles of what appears to be sawdust. If you see this, take action using a cedar based product to control drywood termites.
Louise Hodges is the owner of Greenbug which offers pest control products that use cedar as the active ingredient. Greenbug offers alternatives to synthetic chemical pesticides.
Greenbug products control pests you don’t want such as Drywood Termites, Mosquitoes, Ants, Bed Bugs, Fleas, Ticks, Roaches, Mites, etc. but cause no harm whatsoever to beneficial creatures.
They also offer the Greenbug System that integrates with an irrigation system to safely create pest-free areas wherever water is directed.