Sometimes people get carpenter ants and termites mixed up because they share many similar traits. Getting to know what type of pests are invading your home and property is important, as is knowing how to eradicate an infestation.
Compared to carpenter ants that have pinched waists, bent antennae, and long legs, the drywood termite has a thick waist, straight antennae, and shorter legs. When they have wings, carpenter ants will have front wings that are longer than the back ones. Drywood termites wings will all be the same length.
Once you have discovered that you have a termite infestation, you can look further to see if they are drywood termites as compared to subterranean termites. The drywood winged adults are about 1/2” in length and dark brown in color, compared to the subterranean whose workers and soldiers are wingless and lighter in color with large dark heads.
Unlike the subterranean termites, drywood termites do not require contact with soil and do not create mud tubes. Drywood termites fly into the wood that they are infesting and make small holes to push out debris and feces.
All termites including the drywood termites are dangerous. They are not known to cause any health threat to humans or animals. They do however attack wooden items like furniture, woodwork, wood frames as well as the structural beams of your home or business. Once they have infested and attacked inside your home or structure, they build tunnels and nests in the wood and will weaken structures and cause serious damage. Infestations can happen quickly, so at first sight of a drywood termite, get the help of a professional pest control service in your area. Even if you notice small piles of debris beneath small holes in the wood and never see a termite, call for assistance right away. It is extremely difficult to get rid of every termite from the colony on your own and if you don’t get them all, you will still have a new infestation sooner than later.
There are a few things you can do to prevent these termites from entering your home:
Keep brush, wood and debris piles away from your structure
Seal all crevices, holes, and cracks that allow entry into your structure
Repair or replace all damaged screens, vents, doors and windows
Do not leave lights on continuously that attract termites during the swarming process
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