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Drywood Termite Identification

If you live anywhere near the Gulf coast or in or around Sothern Californa Drywood Termites can big a real threat and Drywood Termite identification can be somewhat confusing. They do not need much to survive and can live with very minimal water and are know to live in dryer climates. Unike there sibling the subterranean termite. You can have both of the species at once at this point you would need 2 different termite treatments to ge the problem under control.

The carpenter Ant is also commonly mis-identified as the Termite. You will find ants tned to flock to wooden structures as well and can look very similar. Fire ants can also be mixd in with the termites during infestation. In order to tell the difference between these two species you will need to get magnifying glass to really tell the diuference. They can be easilt mistaken upon first glance.

The Subterranean Termite is usualy colored and shaded completely black, while the Drywood Termite species are shaded and colored red, this makes drywood termite identification a little easier. Carpentor Ants on the other hand can be seen in the color red, black, or brown. The Body profile of the Carpentor Ant's body is also different from the termite because it has a thin kneck and waist, while termites longer body and the body does not close as much when messed with. It is a good Idea to look at a few photos of both species at the same time to really tell the difference for yourself.

You will more than likely see worker termites, soldior termites, and swarmers if you spot a infestationnin or around your home. What will be very difficult to see are the quen and king termite which will be burried deep in the nest for protection and reproduction.

Subbeterranean Termites do not act in the same mannor as these termites.These termite eat across the grain of the woood and digg out large tunnels that they connect to smaller chambers. The tunnels and chambers they dig out are kept very neat and tindy. They even sometimes throw there waste outside the tunnel which can be spotted on the floor outside of the infestation. This all means that you can have fecal matter dropped into your house by these termites. There fecal pellets are concave shaped and have round edges.

You need to remember that you can easily tranfer these types of termites from a peice of wood to your home. An infested wood peice carried in from another source can carry a male and female termite, which will in turn create a whole new colony of termites on your property. They do not just stay fixed the wood in your walls, the termite can go after furniture in your home as well. If you catch these colonies fast when they are small it can be alot easier to eradicate the problem.

There are a couple ways people go about getting rid of there termite infestations. When the job is small the more popular method of termite control is the variouse spot treatments. But if the job is large and the infestation has spread to your home it is usually best to get your house tented for termites.

Proper and fast Drywood identification is the name of the game. Well Identifying if you have termites in the first place is the most important step. You don't want get all worried if you just have a few carpentor Ants. Just remember that prevention is the best way to sterr clear of a termite infestation but if you find you already have one try and cure the problem ASAP.

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By Frank Reece. Page last modified Nov. 10, 2008.

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