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What Are Drywood Termites?

June 12, 2018

When a homeowner hears the word “termite” the first thing that probably comes to mind is destruction, which makes sense, since termites are wood-destroying insects that can cause costly damages inside any Florida home that they invade. Did you know that in South Florida, there are several species of termite that you need to protect yourself from? That’s right, living in South Florida means that you are lucky enough to live an area that is home to drywood termites, subterranean termites, and Formosan termites! Each of these termites have their own unique habits that result in varying amounts of serious and costly damages inside homes. At Nozzle Nolen, we want to help you become acquainted with the termites found in our area, especially the lesser known drywood termite, to hopefully provide you with the information needed to protect your home and bank account from these damaging household invaders.

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First, let’s talk about the two species of termite that many Florida homeowners are aware of: the subterranean termite and the Formosan termite. Subterranean termites are moisture seeking termites that live underneath the ground and attack structures from the soil. Subterranean termites have an almost invisible presence inside of homes, which is why they have received the name “silent destroyer,” and why they can cause so much costly damage before being noticed. Formosan termites, on the other hand, do not require soil contact or the moisture that is found in it to survive. Instead, these industrious termites build nesting cartons that bring the moisture to them. This also allows the termites to create their nests closer to their food source, either above or below the ground. Formosan termites are considered the most destructive termites in the world because a single colony can have millions of members in it, making them extremely efficient at feeding on the wood of the home that they have invaded.

Now let’s discuss the lesser known drywood termite. These termites tend to get less press and aren’t as well known because their colonies are typically much smaller than the previous two species of termites, and they work at a much slower rate; but don’t let their size and speed fool you, drywood termites are a serious pest to contend with and require immediate attention so that they do not literally eat you out of house and home. Drywood termites do not require contact with the soil and do not require much, if any, moisture to live. This species can attack a home from the outside by chewing their way inside it, or they can be introduced inside a home accidentally through an already infested piece of wood or wooden furniture. Also, drywood termites actually live inside the wood that they have infested unlike the subterranean or Formosan termites; they are commonly found living in and feeding on things like wooden playground sets, woodpiles, wooden furniture and wooden trim. These termites may damage properties at a very slow rate and cause overall less damage than the subterranean or Formosan termites, but they are extremely thorough workers and will leave almost nothing behind once they have finished feeding on a piece of wood - making them a serious threat to Florida homes and properties!

Preventing any species of termite from choosing your home or property to invade is very important because, while each species is slightly different, they can all cause significant damages to your home. When it comes to preventing drywood termites or any other species from making their way into your home, the best action is fast action. Be proactive and do everything that you can to deter these pests from choosing your home and property to invade, especially since the upcoming summer season is when termites tend to swarm and expand their populations in Florida. The best way to prevent termites is to contact Nozzle Nolen and allow our experts to inspect your property and put a termite prevention program in place; we will also put a termite treatment program in place to eliminate existing termite problems, if necessary. Our environmentally friendly termite control options include: termite baiting systems, termite detection systems, traditional tenting, or a vault for portable items.

To learn more about our customized termite control services that are always backed up by our guarantee (if termites come back within one year so will we, and at no additional charge), get in touch with South Florida's termite control experts at Nozzle Nolen!


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