Drywood termites can wreak havoc as they can be silently destroying your home and other property with very few clues. But if you know what to look for, the damage can be arrested early on by treating with Greenbug. Therefore, learn the facts and fiction below.
Fact: Drywood Termites only eat dry wood. They need very little moisture and go after either dead wood in the forest or finished wood like the siding of your house.
Fiction: Termites always build tunnels up from the ground under the house to enter. Very false. Subterranean termites can build tunnels yet they are a completely different species from drywood termites.
Fact: Drywood termites are found throughout the United States in areas within an hour’s drive or so from the coastline.
Fiction: They prefer housing and other structures. These wood munching creatures love dry wood that is easily accessible which means that antique clocks, doll furniture, even musical instruments are all fair game.
Fact: Evidence of these pests are fecal pellet piles outside of tiny kick-out holes. These creatures tunnel horizontally inside a structure by ingesting the wood then they remove their waste by pushing pellets outside of tiny holes. The pellets form piles that appear as sawdust so if you have a growing pile of sawdust outside of some wood, you are dealing with drywood termites.
Fiction: The only way to get rid of them is to tent the structure. WRONG! An unscrupulous pest control operator may tell you that to get a huge contract but that is NOT the only solution. The individual kick out holes can be addressed using a Greenbug with great success.
Fact: Cedar controls drywood termites. Why do you think cedar siding was developed? No other wood is used for siding that does not require a finishing treatment. Cedar is deadly to termites as well as all pheromone-driven (or smell driven) pests. Cedar is the ultimate control and the active ingredient in Greenbug products is cedar.
Fiction: Only toxic chemicals will work to control termites. Wrong, wrong, wrong. The termite business is huge and the typical solutions are extremely toxic, synthetic chemicals that have effectiveness for years, even decades. While pesticide pros will tout that as a selling point, think for just a minute about toxic, odorless, colorless chemicals at the foundation of your home emitting poison for years… (Yikes!)
Fact: You can control these pests yourself. You can use Greenbug that requires no pesticide license to apply so you save money AND use something that causes no harm.
Fiction: You must hire a professional as homeowners cannot possibly deal with these successfully. Again, the termite industry is big business and they want to keep it that way and out of your hands.
Drywood termites leave telltale signs of kick out holes and piles of what appears to be sawdust. If you see this, take action.