Sydney Termite Control and the West Indian Drywood Termite


Nearly thirty species of termites have been introduced into Australia in recent decades, and most of these, uncontrolled by their natural predators, have become appalling pests of timber throughout the wetter areas of the island continent. One of the most damaging is the West Indian Drywood Termite, a species with very distinctive habits and an insatiable hunger for wood of all kinds. Sydney termite control specialists can, of course, cope with these insects as with others.

Drywood termites differ from most other kinds in that they are willing to eat completely dry wood, as their name suggests. Most species of termites prefer wood that is at least slightly moist, and preferably damp – which is why they attack wood near the foundations of houses first, and are drawn to areas where water is available.

Drywood termites, on the other hand, can thrive in any timber, and the Sydney termite control that our firm, Genera Pest Management, offers is especially necessary to dislodge them. The West Indian drywood termite has a distinctive colour pattern – a knobby-looking, umber head and a standard white termite body. They are quite resistant to dry conditions as well.

This ability to live without highly moist conditions allows these termites to build their nests entirely in the walls of your house, rather than in the ground nearby. This makes them even harder to detect, since there are no shelter tubes built on the foundations of the house to give the termites cover between the soil and the wood. Several nests of West Indian drywood termites can live in a single building, given the non-competitive nature of these insects.

The frass, or dung pellets, of these termites, has a unique appearance, with a mix of dark brown and pale beige pellets giving the sawdust like piles a marbled aspect that other termite frass lacks. The frass is comparatively coarse and large-grained as well, and is, as usual, expelled from a kickout hole – although West Indian drywood termites tend to close their kickout holes between uses, making them impossible to find even by an expert.

Pine, maple, and cedar are the most common targets of this insect’s voracity, but you can also occasionally find them dining upon silky oak as well. The termites use your home as both food and shelter, devouring the wood for its nutritious cellulose and building galleries where they live and where the queen lays her eggs, making new generations of workers to replace the short-lived labourers who build and maintain the nest.

Although infestations in the Sydney area are still infrequent, they do occur, and are becoming more common as the West Indian drywood termite becomes better established in the country. Our expert termite technicians can cope with this pest in detail, expunging it from your house and giving you the high quality Sydney termite control you need to deal successfully with a pest this subtle, tenacious, and damaging. We will give you a detailed written estimate and assessment of your termite situation and work with you from there to free your house from this insect affliction, and give you the peace of mind that sound timbers and a home clear of infestation provides.

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