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How to Protect Your Home from Drywood Termites

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Pest and termite control can be a daunting task for most homeowners. There are many types of pests and termites that can attack and damage the wooden structure as well as any exterior timber material. Drywood termite is one such type that is named so because it attacks dry wood and requires very little moisture to thrive. Drywood termites are generally found in warmer areas although they may sometimes infect homes in cooler regions. The treatment for drywood termites is not recommended to be done by the homeowners. Professional help must be sought for this purpose because of the nature of chemicals and treatments used.

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Drywood termites can enter the wood through small holes or cracks and then they grow exponentially to form colonies. Their presence may be detected by the piled up faecal pellets on the wood exterior. Drywood termites attack dry wood, dead tree limbs, utility poles and furniture. They remain above ground level and do not form nests in the soil.

The cost of drywood termite removal is higher than the cost of preventive measures. Therefore, it is best to ensure that these pests do not attack your house. And if they do, they must be detected at an early stage to prevent greater damages. Prevention requires you to have termite control inspections conducted on a regular basis. Keep a look out for signs of termite infestations. This can be difficult because drywood termite colonies are infested inside the wood. One way to detect the presence of drywood termites is through faecal pellets that may accumulate below infestations. Since these are difficult to detect, considerable damage might have been done over a wide area before deployment of the eradication measures.

The treatment for drywood termite can be done using two popular methods – structural fumigation and localized or spot wood treatment. The latter is applied if the infestation is limited. There are do-it-yourself drywood termite spot treatment kits available for applying on a smaller area however these may be risky to use as one may miss the extent of the damage at hand. Extensive infestations, however, may only be treated with fumigation carried out by pest control companies.

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To free your home from all kinds of termites that may cause damage to any timber used in the house, pest inspections are quite essential. There a number of pest control companies equipped with trained staff and have the licensed chemicals to remove termites through thorough fumigation. Infestations must be prevented before spreading to larger areas because it then becomes difficult to control and may require an expensive treatment.