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Drywood Termite Infestations

The annual economic cost of drywood termite infestations within structures in the US exceeds half of one billion dollars annually. This is certainly a massive dollar amount, but if the economic cost of subterranean termite damage is added to this figure, the annual cost of termite infestations in the US reaches 5 billion dollars or more annually. This is not surprising considering that the eastern subterranean termite, and other subterranean termite species in the US are more widely distributed than drywood termite species. Also, drywood termite colonies mature at a relatively slow rate, and they contain far fewer individual termites compared to subterranean termite colonies. Therefore, when considering the United States as a whole, drywood termites are relatively insignificant pests, but this is certainly not the case in the south, especially in Texas.

Both the eastern subterranean termite and the Formosan subterranean termite are the two most damaging termite species in Texas. The third most destructive termite species in the state, the southeastern drywood termite, mainly infests structures and single wood items in the southeastern portion of the state, but drywood termites can be found throughout Texas. Other drywood termite species in the state include the western drywood termite and the west Indian powderpost termite, the latter of which is a non-native species from the Caribbean that established in invasive habitat in the southern US states several decades ago.

All three of Texas’ three major drywood termite species maintain a habitat in the southeast, but they are frequently found all over the state, as these pests often infest wood items that are transported to new areas. To illustrate how easily these pests are transported to new regions within infested wood items, it should be mentioned that a 12 year old termite colony was recently found in a couch within a Minnesota home. This couch was shipped to Minnesota from the southern states where it became infested around a decade ago. When drywood termites infest an individual wood item, the infested item is placed within a chamber where it is heated to 120 degrees for at least four hours. This period of time allows high heat to penetrate deep within wood where drywood termites are active.

Have you ever witnessed a drywood termite swarm emerge within a home?

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Both Drywood And Subterranean Termite Infestations Have Been Found In Several Buildings Within The Tomball Museum Center

Tomball is a small town located near Houston in southeast Texas, which is a region that sees massive amounts of termite destruction. Several termite species inhabit southeast Texas, including the devastating and invasive Formosan subterranean termite. Tomball City Council members are currently holding meetings to discuss the town’s 2019-2020 budget, and as usual, the costs treating and renovating termite-damaged public buildings are central to these discussions. The Spring Creek County Historical Association has filed a request for nearly 60,000 dollars in local government funds that are needed to maintain the many historically significant structures and museums in the County. According to representatives with the historical association, 13,000 dollars of the request funds is urgently needed to eradicate drywood termite infestations within several buildings located within the Tomball Museum Center.

Tomball is home to many historically significant structures, and several museums have become established in the town in order to present residents and tourists with documented information concerning the town’s rich history. Unfortunately, drywood termites are now eating away at several important structures in the museum center, including a barn, the Theis house, the smokehouse, a log cabin, a corn crib and the Fellowship Hall, but more infestations may be found in additional structures. In addition to the drywood termite pests, subterranean termite infestations have also been found in a few of the buildings. Given how extensive the drywood termite infestations have become in the buildings, spot treating certain infested areas within the affected structures will not fully eliminate the termites, making full-structure fumigations necessary. Treating the buildings for drywood termite infestations will cost 11,000 dollars, while the subterranean termite infestations can be eliminated with only 2,000 dollars. A few residents are not enthusiastic about saving the buildings from termite destruction, but most residents find the funds request to be reasonable considering that the town’s total budget for the next year exceeds 60 million dollars. The request will likely be granted during the next city council meeting on September 3rd.

Would you want to see museums in your hometown saved from termite destruction if it meant paying slightly higher taxes?

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Why And How Pest Control Professionals Use Integrated Pest Management Guidelines To Combat Termite Pests

Termites consist of subterranean, drywood and dampwood species. Dampwood termites are the least destructive termite species, as these termites can only infest wood that has an exceedingly high moisture content. The Pacific northwest sees the greatest amount of dampwood termite damage in the US, and the desert dampwood termite is the only dampwood species found in Texas. Drywood termite species are not widespread in the US, but they are abundant and highly destructive in the southern states, particularly the southwest. At least 14 termite species have been documented in Texas, of these, four are drywood termites. The most economically damaging drywood termite species in Texas is the desert drywood termite. The most economically costly termites in the US, subterranean termites, account for 80 percent of all termite damage costs per year in the country. Several subterranean termite species can be found in Texas, including the eastern subterranean termite, the arid-land subterranean termites, and the invasive Formosan subterranean termite.

For decades, fumigants and soil termiticides were the only termite treatment options available, as termites were late to be added to the integrated pest management program (IPM), which sees pest infestations addressed in a number of practical and environmentally friendly ways, as opposed to relying solely on insecticides to eliminate pests. IPM also stresses preventative pest control treatment methods in order to control pests around structures. Today, termite infestations can be prevented with soil barriers, including termiticide barriers and physical barriers, like stainless steel mesh. IPM practices also aim to manage pest infestations by modifying the indoor and outdoor environment on properties to make conditions less conducive to pest populations. Many researchers had long hoped that termite pests would be addressed with the IPM guidelines, but it was not until the invasive Fomrosan subterranean termite species became a mutli-billion dollar a year pest in the US that industry professionals realized that a broader array of tactics would be necessary to control termite pests in the US. This led to termite control research that enabled pest control professionals to combat termites in more practical, eco-friendly, and more efficient ways. For example, instead of relying on insecticides, pest control researchers now know that high-moisture conditions caused by pipe leaks, clogged gutters, or faulty rainwater drainage systems often make homes more attractive to termite pests. By simply removing a moisture source, a home can be made unlivable for termites, causing the pests to abandon a structure.

Have you ever found termites in your lawn grass?

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