Drywood Termite Prevention

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Preventing Drywood Termites
Preventing Drywood Termites

Drywood termites do not need to touch soil in order to infest furniture, homes, or other wood structures. They can fly inside from outer areas, they just need to find a small hole or crevice to enter a structure.

Drywood termite colonies usually infest just small areas at a time. Getting rid of Drywood termites is usually cost less than trying to treat for Subterranean termites when they are caught early enough.

Is Your Area Susceptible To Drywood Termites?

Drywood Termites in the United States

Drywood termites are mostly found in southern coastal areas of the United States.

If you live in the southern part of the United States, a Drywood termite infestation will be possible. Try to keep most wooden elements on the exterior of your home coated with paint that is not peeling or cracked. Make sure to fill any cracks or holes before painting to prevent paint from peeling or pitting, which will create unprotected areas for termites to fly into.

General Sanitation Preventatives

Drywood Termite General Sanitation
Drywood Termite General Sanitation

Drywood termites will find creative ways to get into your home. If you follow a few general outdoor sanitation guidelines, you may keep termites away from your house or structure:

  • Trim all shrubs, bushes, and other dense greenery so that they do not touch the side of your home or structure.
  • Do not 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 possible.
  • Remove all lumber, tree stumps, and other kinds of loose wood from the perimeter of your home.
  • Seal as many cracks, crevices, and holes in your structure as possible as they may provide an access point for termites to enter.

Treating With Insecticide/Termiticide

Spraying Outside Drywood Termites
It is a good idea to treat the outside of your home either once a month or every 3 months with a general insecticide. This will create an insect barrier around the outside of your home or structure. This would help in preventing drywood termites from getting into the home.
Spraying Outside Drywood Termites

Be sure to payl attention to areas that are most vulnerable to insects, this includes around door and window frames as well as around garage doors.

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