Known scientifically as Cryptotermis Brevis, woodborer/drywood termites are wood destroying insects capable of causing huge amounts of damage. As their name might suggest, woodborer are categorised by their love of infesting a variety of wood types. Existing primarily in coastal regions, these pesky pests can inflict thousands of Rands in damages when not controlled. The unfortunate fact is, the arrival of spring also means the arrival of woodborer.
Entering our homes or workplace later in the day, these insects are often attracted to the light that buildings emit at night. Once they are in, it doesn’t take them long to find suitable wood to tunnel into and breed. A good place to look for them is doors, window frames and roof timbers. The reason being that they prefer softer wood and these are commonly structures that are more susceptible to an initial infestation. Any damage to the roof is most notable because if left untreated, is extremely unsafe will certainly need to be replaced.
If not taken care of soon, an infestation will grow and the woodborer will establish a new colony in your wood, even driving into wood that is completely solid. Often completely hidden from the outside, their next step is creating a network of tunnels that decimates the wood from the inside. One way to tell that this is happened is finding holes that have droppings called “frass” underneath. There are many cases where infestations are only found the next season, when breeding swarms fly out. It is therefore important to play close attention to your wood and control areas of concern before it is too late.
While there are some things you can do on your own, such as not using lights by certain entrances, frequent assessments are going to be the best actions that you can take.
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