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Drywood Termites Are Causing Trouble For West Palm Beach Residents

April 15, 2022 - Termites

Florida is known for having a lot of trouble with termites. Our humid atmosphere and generally hot temperatures make for great termite conditions. You may have heard that termites love chewing through wood that is water-damaged because it is soft; what you might not know is that not all termites need wood to be soft to chew through it. One species in our area is causing trouble by damaging hardwood. They are known as drywood termites. Here is everything you should know about drywood termites in West Palm Beach and how to get and keep these pests away from your home.

What Are The Types Of Termites In West Palm Beach?

Drywood termites are not the only type of termites in our area. Some other types of termites in West Palm Beach include Eastern subterranean termites, Cuban subterranean termites, and dampwood termites. All three of these pests build their homes underground and then invade water-damaged structures and those with otherwise softened wood. Drywood termites are a bit different. They are like carpenter ants and build their nests directly into structural wood. Another thing that sets drywood termites apart is that where subterranean termites eat along the grain of wood, drywood termites often chew tunnels against the grain. When looking for a home to invade, these pests look for sun-damaged wood or wood not protected by paint or other protective coatings. If your home is more than a few years old, it likely has wood in this condition.

How Long Does It Take For Drywood Termites To Destroy A Home?

Drywood termites will not destroy your home in a week. In fact, it takes months for these pests to cause serious damage. Why? Because they are methodical pests. Often infestations start with a few drywood termite swarmers on your property. These swarmers begin tunneling through wood and laying eggs. However, destruction starts to pick up after a few months to a year. The good news is that this is when signs of termites start to present themselves. The only problem with this is that most signs of termites only show up after damage begins to get severe and why we recommend investing in termite treatments or having your home inspected regularly. 

Why Termite Control Is Necessary

Because termites are difficult to identify and prominent pests here in West Palm Beach, we find it important that each homeowner takes proper precautions. One way you can protect your home and property is to invest in professional termite treatments. If you choose the right company, professional termite treatments and seasonal checkups will give you peace of mind. Most treatments work by creating a defensive barrier around properties or by baiting termites to consume and carry back harmful chemicals to their queens and kings. Both of these methods are incredibly effective and should be installed by a professional. 

Is There Way To Prevent Drywood Termites?

If you are looking for a way to keep drywood and other kinds of termites in our area out of your home, you need a pest control company you can trust. At Gulfstream Termite & Environmental Services, we offer affordable long-term control options for termites. One thing we recommend is starting with a detailed termite inspection. This inspection will help our team assess your risk, identify problems on your property, and design a course of action to either remove or prevent invasive wood-destroying termites.

Contact us today to discover more about our termite control options or to schedule your West Palm Beach home for a visit.