Drywood Termites vs. Subterranean Termites in Houston Area Homes
Drywood termites vs. subterranean termites. Which termites are a threat to your Houston area home? Termites are common in Texas and in Houston. BUGCO Pest Control Specialist Darrell Mather explains the differences between drywood termites and subterranean termites in this video and he talks about the best treatment methods for each species. Call 281-240-2157 for a termite inspection for your home.
Summary of the Drywood Termites vs. Subterranean Termites Video
– – Hello this is Darrell with BUGCO Pest Control and today we’re going to be covering a common question and that is do I have termites? So in regards to this, there are a variety of factors. We would want to come out, we’d want to do an inspection and determine one, yes or no do you have them. And two, if so, what type are they?
Three of the common types of termites in our area are Drywood Termites, Formosan Termites and Subterranean Termites. But today we’re going to be covering Drywood and Subterranean as those are the two of the most common. Formosan we will see from time to time. But the reason we’re going to cover Drywood Termites vs. Subterranean Termites today is they are very different.
Drywood Termites vs. Subterranean Termites — How They Differ
Subterranean termites it is what it sounds like. They come up from the ground. They can build a colony in the base of your home and then from time to time, depending on whether or not there’s a water source, the entire colony may vacate your house and go back through the tubes that they’ve built. It’s not an infestation where they’re going to stay there 24-7, 365 days of the year. They may go back into the ground. They may find another water source and then at a later date, maybe it’s a month, maybe it’s just a few weeks later the whole colony will come back up into the house.
All termites have something known as swarmers and that’s during spring and summer you may see what you think are ants flying around, when in actuality they are termites. And what they end up doing, is they’ll fly from one residence or tree or somewhere else they’ve infested and they’ll fly over, they land places up high on the roof or the eaves. They’ll find a good location in the attic or somewhere that’s really nice and dry.
Whereas the Subterranean Termites like the water and they like everything down low. Drywood Termites are quite literally that, they like the dry wood. So they go up high. They’ll start nesting there and their colonies do not however, like the Subterraneans vacate the premises for lack of better words then come back. These Drywood Termites, once they’re there, they’re there to stay. And then, on a yearly basis, the termite swarmers they’ll do the exact same thing that got them there in the first place. So the Drywood Termite swarmers from year to year they will branch out, go look for new residences or structures, trees to start new colonies in.
Drywood Termites vs. Subterranean Termites — Treatment Methods
There are different treatment methods for both Drywood Termites as well as Subterranean Termites. We’ll go ahead and cover Subterranean Termites first. With Subterranean Termites you’re going to be treating the soil. So the chemicals that we use basically act as a virus. The chemical that we use for Subterranean Termite treatments is safe for animal and pets so long as utilized with the standards on the label. So depending on the structure, if you have a solid slab foundation the treatment methods for Subterranean Termites is to do what’s known as a soil injection.
So what we do is we’re going to be treating the soil that the Subterranean Termites are going to be passing through. Now this chemical is safe for animals as well as children so long as utilized with the standards or the guidelines as per the label. We may have to trench around the foundation. It’s going to be a four inch wide by four inch deep trench. So we will be applying a Termiticide on the trenching or rodding, meaning that we’re going to be injecting the soil with this Termiticide allowing the termites to pass through it.
Once they do, they actually transfer the chemical from one to another much like a virus. And the colony collapse or the colony decay can take 45 days to three months depending on the efficacy of the treatment. So depending on whether or not you have say for instance a French drain or bull rock on the exterior of the home along the foundation or whether or not it’s just soil, we will apply the chemical in different fashions. So we can use a long skinny rod and inject the soil or we can go ahead and trench out a four inch wide by four inch tall portion of the soil in which we’ll fill up that channel with a Termiticide. Once it does that, once it’s filled up, it’ll bleed into the soil where it’ll stay for anywhere between eight to 10 years.
So it does have a very long lasting residual effect Now that does not mean that under harsh environmental conditions such as flooding, heavy rains or if you cover or disturb that soil that will effect the ability for it to maintain it’s integrity over time. So you do want to be careful and have routine inspections. Just to determine whether or not the integrity of that chemical or whether or not there’s been a reinfestation. So with Subterranean Termites you’re going to want to treat the perimeter of the foundation of the home.
With Drywood Termites, you’re going to be finding the colony up high in the attic voids or along the frames between the sheet rock and the walls. What we’re going to do is, we can apply a different treatment that we would normally do for Drywood Termites which is a dry powder or we also use a foaming agent. Both are Termiticides, it’s just different delivery methods. Depending on the location, the scope involved meaning is it a very large colony? Where’s the location? What type of termite is it? Because while Subterraneans do typically nest lower they can be found all throughout the house. From the base up to the attic. Whereas, vice versa the Drywood Termites you typically find them high, but not so low. So depending on where we find them. The scope, meaning the level of the infestation or how infested it is we do have a variety of treatment methods.
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