Four Things You Need To Know About West Indian Drywood Termites

Posted on: 1 June 2016

Many types of termites can invade American homes, including West Indian drywood termites, also called cryptotermes brevis. Here are four things you need to know about West Indian drywood termites.

Where are they found?

West Indian drywood termites are thought to be native to either Peru or Chile, though they have spread far beyond their native range and are now found in subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. In the United States, they are currently widespread in both Florida and Hawaii. They have also been reported in Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas, though they are not yet widespread in these states.

What are the signs of an infestation?

If they're living in your home, you will notice winged termites flying out of small surfaces in the wood structure of your home. You may also find fecal pellets (which look like sawdust) throughout your home. Damage to wood isn't generally seen since they feed on the interior of the wood first, so if you see seemingly minor signs like flying termites or sawdust, assume that you're infested.

How do they differ from other types of termites?

West Indian drywood termites are considered one of the most destructive types of drywood termites. This is because they are able to live in a wide variety of wooden items — including furniture and picture frames — which makes it very easy for them to spread from home to home. This can also increase the damage they do to your home, since instead of sticking to your home's wooden frame like other termites, they will eat any of its wooden contents as well. Due to these habits, it's no surprise that Americans need to spend $120 million every year to control this species.

How can you get rid of them?

Since these termites will feed on wood deep within the structure of your home as well as assorted wooden items throughout your home, you'll need to have the house fumigated to destroy all of the termites that are within the structure. A pest control company like Cascade Exterminating Service LLC will cover your house with a tarp and then release a toxic insecticide inside the home. The tarp will hold the insecticide in place for a set period of time to ensure that the insecticide is able to penetrate deep within the structure. Once the insecticide has done its job, the tarp will be removed and your house will be allowed to air out before you're able to move back in.

If you think that West Indian drywood termites may be living inside your home, contact a pest control company right away.

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