Drywood Termites: A Frequently Overlooked Pest
When you think of termites, the first pests that come to mind are probably the water-loving insects that chew at your foundation and love moist wood. But while these termites -- known as dampwood termites -- are a common pest, they are not the only type of termite you need to worry about. There's another lesser-known type of termite that might be a threat to your home: drywood termites. Here's what you need to know about these pests.
They often appear in attics.
Dampwood termites like moisture, so they tend to be found on the lower floors of your home where moisture is most common. Drywood termites are the opposite. They actually prefer to be away from moisture, so they tend to gather in the upper floors of your home where it's dry. Most homeowners first notice them in the attic, and since this is not the first place they think of seeing termites, homeowners often assume the bugs are flying ants or other insects.
They leave wings behind.
Drywood termites are better at flying than other termites. They have a life stage during which they have wings, and are especially common in this form during the mating season. After they mate, they shed their wings. You may notice the wings in piles on the floor near window sills and holes in the attic walls through which the termites have entered. The wings look like thin slips of paper.
They make noise.
If you hear strange clicking noises coming from your attic, this might be caused by drywood termites. The sound you're hearing is them hitting their heads against the wall to alert other bugs that they have found food or that there is danger on the way. Some homeowners describe this ticking noise as sounding like an old clock. Some have even suspected that their attic is haunted before finding out that they just have termites.
They can cause substantial damage.
They won't erode your foundation like dampwood termites, but drywood termites can cause substantial damage to your home. They can eat away attic beams, weakening the support structure for your roof. They can also cause damage to your ceilings and the tops of walls. If you think you have drywood termites, you need to contact a pest control company as soon as possible. Most DIY approaches are not effective, and getting rid of these pests is a lot harder since simply drying out your home won't work.
Contact a company like EMCO Pest Control for more information and assistance.