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What Are Drywood Termites?

Drywood termites live in social colonies and are wood consuming and destroying insects that inhabit dry wood of structural framing lumber. The only purpose drywood termites have is to recycle deadwood back to the ground. Years ago before man started building in Southern California there were forests with trees, the termites job was to recycle dead fallen trees back to the ground to clear the forest for new trees. With the forest gone and wood framed structures in their place, the drywood termite can't tell the difference from a fallen tree or your structure. They'er just following their instincts and consuming wood and recycling it back to the ground.

Living inside deadwood the drywood termite never has to exit for food or water. All the moisture and nutrients they require is found inside the wood they eat. This is what makes the drywood termite the most unique termite species.

If left uncontrolled these drywood termite infestations can reduce sections of a structure's structural ability to withstand even a moderate earthquake. This has been reported from findings revealed during major damage repairs caused by earthquakes in the past.

Drywood termite colonies consist of 3 categories:

  • Nymph/workers
  • Soldiers
  • Alates/swarmers

Nymph/workers: The workers make up the vast majority of a colony population. Their purpose is to constantly consume wood and recycle it back to the ground. It is these worker termites that create structural damage by consuming wood 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Drywood termite colonies can be made up of hundreds of worker termites. With no pigmentation to their bodies, the workers cannot survive in direct sunlight. They spend all of their time in the inaccessible dark galleries formed by the colony.

Soldiers: The soldiers' very important task is to defend the colony from attack of other predator insects. Termite colonies living inside your structural framing have no natural predators and therefore there is no threat posed to the colony.

Alates/swarmers: The alates, winged reproductive swarmers are in most cases the only termite a property owner will see. Spreading and expanding the existing colony by proliferation, the swarmer will also initiate many separate new colonies with their ability to fly to different locations during their annual swarming migration. This swarming migration period usually occurs from August to December each year. During this approximate five-month period, they will initiate thousands of new colonies. The DRI-OUT DEHYDRATION SYSTEM utilizing DRI-OUT has the ability of kill 100% of these swarmers on contact each time they swarm for many years. With only the initial installation of The DRI-OUT DEHYDRATION System a structure is protected from drywood termites for a minimum of ten (10) years. No other procedure or product offers this kind of residual.

A drywood termite infestation is something most of us have never even considered as a threat to our property. The structural damage caused by drywood termites can be severe, compromising the structural integrity of any wood framed structure. No wood framed home, condominium, apartment, or commercial building in Southern California is safe from their attack. Each year swamers fly or just crawl inches from their colony to start new drywood termite colonies. A structure that contains wood just a few feet or miles away can become infested 100's of times in just one session.

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