DAMPWOOD TERMITE INFORMATION
Dampwood termites are much larger than subterranean termites that are common across the country.
Dampwood termites often weaken homes by hollowing out support beams. This can lead to costly repairs, causing a great deal of frustration. The silent and secretive nature of these pests makes dampwood termite activity difficult to recognize until it becomes severe.
To remain hidden, dampwood termites do not construct mud tubes, rather they cover up their entry holes with their own feces. Since wood infested by dampwood termites has very high moisture content, the wood they infest can also be damaged by fungus. As one might expect, a dampwood termite infestation often indicates wood decay, as well as leaks that create excessive moisture in the home.
DAMPWOOD TERMITE TREATMENT OPTIONS
There are a variety of options when it comes to treating a dampwood termite infestation. Determining which dampwood termite treatment is most effective is predicated primarily on the extent of the infestation. Our recommended treatment options for dampwood termites include the following:
SOIL INJECTION TREATMENT
This method can be effective for controlling dampwood termites but is not an immediate solution because the termites must first take the bait. Furthermore, a long term ongoing service is required to maintain the system. If this ongoing service is not kept current, the protection for the property is eliminated.
COMPLETE POST CONSTRUCTION TREATMENT
The most cost effective and long term treatment for existing infestations of dampwood termites is to create a complete barrier for a structure. This requires application directly to the soil in, under and around the structure. This treatment sets up a continuous barrier preventing dampwood termite’s access to the structure.