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How to identify dry-wood termites…

Unlike subterranean termites which built colonies in the soil, dry-wood termite colonies do not need contact with soil moisture nor any other water source. As their name suggests, dry-wood termites occur in dry wood that may be above ground level. Dry-wood termites build colonies in structural wood, fence and utility posts, furniture, moldings, door and window frames, and so forth.

Where do dry-wood termites occur?…

Dry-wood termites may be transported in wooden articles and start local, indoor infestations anywhere. Since colonies are usually constructed inside wood, finding these termites can be difficult during routine pest and dry-rot inspections. Therefore, one of the best ways to identify an active infestation is the presence of fecal pellets. Drywood termite fecal pellets are kicked out of the colony by workers and may accumulate below infestations. Fecal pellets have a distinct ridged shape and are about 1/25″ long (about the size of table salt).

What does dry-wood termite damage look like?…

Wood is damaged as the dry-wood worker termites tunnel to enlarge their colony. Drywood termite galleries cut across the wood’s grain thus weakening the wood’s internal structure and eventually the wood fails. Fecal pellets may be packed into some of the galleries. Dry wood termite damage tends to progress more slowly than damage from subterranean termites but because it is so difficult to detect, considerable damage, extending over a wide area, may be present by the time it is first found

Treatment & control of dry-wood termites…

Dry wood termite control is generally not a DIY project for most homeowners. Baiting, which is effective for some other termites, is not an option because dry-wood termites never leave the protection of their galleries. Perimeter sprays, that are effective for carpenter ants, won’t work here either. And, treating the soil under and around the structure with termiticide, which is used for subterranean termites, does not work because dry-wood termites may never contact the soil. Tent Fumigation is the recognized solution for Bermuda termite infestations. This is a complex and difficult procedure and is definitely not a DIY project.

Tent Fumigation

Tent fumigation is very effective in handling termite infestations. Sprays simply do not penetrate to where termites live and eat, deep inside the wood.

Termites do millions of dollars in damage each year in Bermuda. Considering your home might well be your largest investment, you want to take all appropriate measures to protect it. That’s why Bermuda Pest Control is the first name in termite protection island wide. That’s why you need to call Bermuda Pest Control to protect your home and investment. Bermuda Pest Control’s termite professionals use the latest methods and state-of-the art materials to effectively protect your home. Their extensive training and on-going education keeps them informed of the newest treatments and the best solutions for termite infestations.

Many homeowners fail to realize that their homeowners insurance does not cover termite damage. That means any damage done to homes by these destructive pests must be paid for by the owner unless their home is covered by a termite warranty such as Bermuda Pest Control’s 7 year Warranty. . We value our customer and are in the termite protection business for the long-run, just as our nearly 60 years of service to the community proves. Select a termite company with a proven track record.

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