The Drywood Termites, live in and eat dry wood. They are usually found in foundations, door and window frames in the home and can go undetected for months. They will feed on all types of wood found outside and inside the house.
Here are the common warning signs that you may have a termite infestation in your home:
- Flying Termites
In most cases, the initial sign of any termite infestation includes flying termites which are known as alates or swarmers. These flying insects are females and males that have left their nest to find mates to establish new colonies.
Another tell-tale sign associated with the presence of termites includes discarded wings. The flying termites abandon their arms once they have found a suitable mate. The female and male termites then pair up where they crawl to a suitable nesting site. The queen and the king care for their offspring until they have produced enough workers to carry on their role. The king carries on caring for his queen, and these pairs can continue growing a colony for more than ten years.
- Hollow Or Papery Sounding Wood Or Timber
The dry wood termites typically eat timber from the interior, where they leave behind a skinny veneer or layer of the wood. When you tap or knock these areas that have been subjected to termite damage, they sound papery or hollow. The hollow sound is caused by the missing timber that the termites have consumed.
The familiar stories that you will probably find when researching termites is when the issue is only found once a vacuum cleaner passes through skirting boards, or when a finger goes through either a window or door frame.
- Tunnels In Timber
The tunnels which also go by the name of “galleries” are not that easy to detect, yet if you do see them in pieces of broken wood either inside your home or close to your home, this is a signal that termites have invaded your home.
Today pest control companies use technology that detects tunnels along with termite activity when you are unable to detect any visible signs. Some of these include infrared detectors, borescopes, microwaves, electronic-odour detectors, X-rays, and sound detectors.
Frass is the term used for termite droppings and is one of the main signs of a termite infestation, especially when it comes to Drywood termites. This is one of the indicators of termite infestations that will always be looked for when a pest control company conducts an inspection.
Unlike the Subterranean termites, the Drywood termites do not use their droppings for building their tunnels. They push their faeces out of tiny holes located close to the entrance of the nest. The result is a dark powdery substance and black marks around and in the areas that they are currently infesting.
Many of the insurance providers will not cover damages caused by termites. For this reason, it is important to have regular inspections from pest control turramurra to detect termites and to minimize the risks of expensive costs to your home.