Drywood Termites

Drywood Termite Prevention Guide

How To Prevent Drywood Termites

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Drywood Termites Are Different

Drywood termites are pretty unique in the way they are able to infest homes and other structures and items. Since they do not live in soil, they can fly in from outlying areas and find a crevice to enter a structure and infest many wooden items in your home. Drywood termites are able to infest wood cabinets, attic beams, furniture, hardwood floors and many other wooden elements. Thankfully drywood termite colonies usually only infest small areas at a time and controlling them can be less extensive than subterranean termite infestations if it is caught fairly early.

Where Are Drywood Termites Found?

Drywood termite infestations are most prevalent in the southeastern and southwestern coastal areas. Preventiving drywood termites from entering your home is made a bit easier if you keep most wooden elements on the exterior of your home coated with sound, uncracked or peeled paint. Be sure to fill in any cracks, crevices or holes prior to painting to keep paint from peeling or pitting and allowing unprotected areas.

If you feel some areas of wood are particularly vulnerable you can treat it with Boracare first, allow the application to dry for at least 72 hours and then paint or otherwise seal the wood.

Outdoor Sanitation & Prevention Tips

Termites are extremely opportunistic and can find creative ways to invade your home. By following a few outdoor sanitation tips you can help keep termites away from your structure.
  • Trim all shrubs, bushes and other dense greenery away so that they do not touch your structure.
  • Don't leave firewood near your home, as it is a magnet for termites. If you do keep firewood outside your structure during the winter, keep it raised off the ground and protected from water if at all possible.
  • Remove all lumber, tree stumps and other kinds of loose wood from the perimeter of your structure.
  • Seal as many cracks, crevices and holes in your structure as possible, as they may provide a handy access point for termites.

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