Not all termites are created equal. Some live in underground colonies and some can live above ground and may never make contact with the soil. Drywood termites live inside wood and often get enough moisture from hot humid air, a leaky door or window casing. Drywood termites are often found in the East Cooper area due to our climate.
Drywood termite infestatations are usually confined to a small area. The colony develops very slow. It may take 2 to 3 years before the colony reaches 100 workers. They are often found in a piece of furniture, door casing, window casings or exterior wood siding. East Cooper residents will notice the fecal pellets that this termite will kick out of a hole or crack in the infested area. The pellets look like grains of beach sand. When the infested area is inspected, these fecal pellets will spill out of the galleries.
Here are some treatment suggestions:
– Remove/discard the infested piece of wood or furniture.
– Treat the infested area with a liquid, foam or dust application.
– Freeze the infested piece of furniture.
– Severe infestations may require tenting or whole house fumigation.
As always, if you see something unusual crawling around your home, please give East Cooper Termite and Pest Solutions a call.