Common Indicators Of A Drywood Termite Infestation

Drywood termites can be extremely aggravating pests, as the insects, often referred to as "silent invaders," can remain incognito for extended periods of time, all the while wreaking havoc on internal walls and structures. Drywood termites enter homes via cracked wooden window frames, cracked wooden door frames and minuscule crevices in construction wood. Once they have entered a home, they begin to lay eggs and create internal colonies, damaging their surroundings as time goes on.

While termite infestations are definitely unsettling, infestations can be easily eradicated when caught in time. Understanding the common indicators of a termite infestation allows homeowners to take immediate action in seeking professional pest control services in order to treat the issue and prevent future invasions:

Termite Frass

One of the most common signs of a drywood termite infestation is the presence of termite droppings, also referred to as frass. Termite frass is often mistaken for sawdust or wood shavings, as the pellets are tan to brown in color and dry to the touch. Termite droppings typically appear in mounds and are often found behind wooden bookcases, next to wooden furniture and inside wooden cabinets.

The droppings fall out of "kick-holes" termites create in order to keep their colonies clean. Termite frass is not considered dangerous, but homeowners should still take appropriate sanitary measures when handling the droppings. 

Hollow Wall Sounds and Bubbled Paint

Another way for homeowners to detect potential drywood termite infestations is to tap or knock on the walls in the home. If a hollow sound is heard, there's a good chance that drywood termites have created a colony on the other side of the wall and are hard at work consuming as much wood as possible. As termite colonies grow, their weight may also cause the paint on the walls to bubble.

It is important for homeowners who suspect a termite infestation to leave the paint bubbles alone and contact a termite exterminator as soon as possible, as excess pressure on the wall can cause the paint to crack open and expose underlying termite galleries

Termite Wings and Swarmers

As drywood termite colonies mature, the king and queen termites produce winged "swarmers"  to aid in reproduction and assist in growth of the colonies. Drywood swarmers typically venture out of the colony during the spring and summer months. Swarmers can often be spotted around windows and doors, as well as high-moisture areas such as showers and bathtubs. Homeowners may also spot shed wings that look like fish scales in windowsills and door frames. 

A Termite-Free Environment

While first-time drywood termite infestations cannot always be prevented, they are easy to treat when caught in time. Understanding the common signs of a drywood termite invasion allows homeowners to quickly remedy the issue and minimize the risk of re-infestations.