D.C. Homeowner’s Complete Guide to Drywood Termite Control


Do you own something made of wood? Maybe a table or a chair? Most people have at least a dozen items inside their homes that are of this material. Almost all homes are constructed out of wood. What is the importance of this? We thought you should know that anything on your property made of wood is susceptible to drywood termite damage.

What makes things worse is that these pests could already be inside your walls, and you wouldn’t know it. To help you identify and control these wood-damaging pests on your Washington, D.C. property, here is a complete guide for you to use.

many termites on a damaged wall

Why Drywood Termites Are Hard To Identify

Drywood termites do not sleep and constantly consume wood. With this in mind, it would be easy to assume that they are easy pests to identify. This could not be further from the truth. To avoid being spotted, drywood termites create their colony deep inside of structural wood and harvest in places where they feel safe. Because of this, most homeowners don’t notice these pests until after they have caused extensive damage indoors.

How To Identify Drywood Termites

Just because drywood termites are difficult to identify, it does not mean it is impossible to know these pests are inside your home. Here are some clues you should look out for to identify drywood termites around your property:

  • Damaged logs or dead stumps in your yard

  • Visible galley ways running through your home’s structural wood

  • Pin-sized holes in your walls, floors, or ceiling

  • Frass (termite droppings) clinging to walls or in piles on the floor near holes

  • Swarmers (winged termites) buzzing around your home

  • Discarded wings on windowsills

  • Hollow sounding wood that should be solid

  • A soft rustling sound coming from inside your floors, walls, or ceilings

Some Ways To Deter Drywood Termites

If you have checked your property and are confident drywood termites are not destroying your home, now is the time to put in place some prevention tips. Here are six of the best methods our experts suggest you put to good use:

1. Store firewood and untreated lumber at least 30 feet from your home’s exterior.

2. Using a caulking gun, seal holes, gaps, and cracks that you find in your home’s exterior foundation.

3. Clean up sticks, leaves, cardboard, and other wood-based clutter and debris from your yard.

4. Make sure your home’s wood is in good condition and properly treated and painted.

5. Avoid using wood-based mulch around your home’s exterior.

6. Remove stumps and fallen trees from your yard.

Why Drywood Termites Are Hard To Eliminate

Eliminating a single drywood termite is not difficult. Entirely removing a colony of these pests, however, is extremely challenging. Because these pests live inside of wood, finding ways to treat them is difficult. Even if you find a treatment you think will work, there is no good way to know if it works. To top everything off, many termite treatments are dangerous to humans and animals when misused.

How Professionals Handle Drywood Termites

At Capitol Pest, we have access to advanced equipment and treatments to handle drywood termite infestations. We will use our gear to know if your home is infested with these pests and apply treatments in targeted areas to eliminate existing threats. If you want extra protection to protect your investments year-round, we also offer ongoing termite control services.

Contact our team today to learn about your options from one of our friendly service representatives and schedule your D.C. property to be treated for termites.

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