Jul 182011

Pest Control of Tampa has a staff of experts on getting rid of your termite (and other pest control) problems. As your local termite exterminator, we are able to identify the type of termites you are dealing with then quickly and efficiently get rid of them.

Tampa Termite Control: Drywood Termites

Termite Control TampaDrywood Termites live in dry wood and therefore can be found in everything from wooden rocking chairs and bookshelves to hardwood flooring or walls. Of the hundreds of drywood termite species, only a handful are found in the United States.

One subspecies of the Drywood Termite is the Powderpost termite which is commonly found in the southeastern and middle parts of North America. The common name for this type is the furniture termite because they will build their nests within furniture. Western Drywood Termites are another subspecies which mainly inhabit the western side of the United States.

Colonies of drywood termites tend to be relatively small in comparison to subterranean termites. However, the danger lies in that there can be multiple colonies within a single dwelling and rather than living in tubes and huts, drywood termites live in the wood itself and will tunnel along the grain of the wood. In addition, unlike subterranean termites, they do not require any contact with the soil in order to live.

Drywood termites begin by working in teams. A male and female pair of drywood termites will work their way into the wood chosen for the nest. The opening through which they enter the wood is sealed with a plug of brown cement-like material about 1/8-inch in diameter. They then excavate a chamber behind the plug where the queen lays the first eggs.

Drywood Termites can be found by their fecal pellets that are 6 sided and concave on each side. They will also leave behind a fine powdering of wood which resembles fine sawdust.

Pest Control of Tampa provides both termite removal and termite prevention to existing structures as well as pre-construction homes and businesses. Call us today to find out how you can protect your home or business today!


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