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Homeowners need to know drywood termites cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage each year. Protection requires a professional inspection and treatment.
Whole-structure fumigation is the only termite treatment that can ensure 100 percent elimination of drywood termites. Any building with wood in the structure is susceptible to infestation.
A treatment with Vikane® gas fumigant penetrates all air spaces inside the structure, including inside the infested wood. It’s why structural fumigation is the only proven way to get 100 percent drywood termite elimination.
It is important to know the difference between drywood and subterranean termites. The critical distinction is where they live. As the name implies, subterranean termite colonies live in underground nests where they get the moisture needed to survive — they will rapidly die if exposed to open air. In contrast, drywood termite colonies live completely inside wood in coastal areas where humidity is high.
Because subterranean termites live in the soil and must move from there into the home for the wood they attack, detection is possible by focusing the inspection on the gap between the ground and the wood above. Treatment is done either by creating an insecticide soil barrier around and beneath the home or by installing termite bait stations to eliminate the colony altogether.
Because a drywood termite infestation is contained entirely inside the wood, detection can be difficult for even an expert. Common evidence of a drywood infestation may include small piles of “frass” (termite excrement) found directly below “kick-out” holes in the wood or the wall above. Other evidence includes live termite “swarmers” (reproductives), discarded wings or visible damage to wood. However, if the infestation is in roof rafters or other areas where physical inspection is impossible, the colony will continue destroying wood from the inside out until the infestation becomes severe enough to finally be observable. Only structural fumigation is proven to eliminate all infestations.