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Drywood Termites

Drywood termites spend their entire lives inside wood. They construct round “kick holes” in infested wood, through which the fecal pellets are eliminated from the galleries or tunnels.    These pellets accumulate in small piles below the kick holes, or will be scattered if the distance between the kick hole and the surface below is of a  great distance.  

Wood, which has a dull or hollow sound when tapped, should be examined closely. Careful probing may disclose drywood termite galleries.

Drywood termite colonies often develop slowly, therefore, the costs incurred with some control measures may not be warranted. But if you choose not to control, be sure to maintain a monitoring program so you’ll know when and if control becomes necessary.

 

Control measures would include the removal of infested wood and the application of an insecticidal wood preservative to unpainted or surface-sealed timber.

There are several alternatives for dealing with drywood termite infestations or damage, depending on the extent of the problem. This places great importance on an extremely accurate inspection.  
 
Where the infestation is slight or damage is cosmetic and limited to one or two small areas, you may choose not to use any long term control measures. 

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Wood Replacement

Where the infestation is limited, remove and replace damaged wood, preferably with pressure-treated timber that will protect against both termites and wood decay, or it may be more practical to contact Green's Exterminating & Fencing Inc. to apply special formulations of insecticidal wood preservatives. 

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