Do Termites Infest Drywall?
Almost all materials which contain cellulose can be a source of food for termites. They can feed on branches, cartons, dead woods, sheets of paper and so on. Most of the time, termites feed on houses without you knowing it. They start their colonies in the interior of your walls, ceilings, furniture and cabinets. They may leave very minimal traces of infestation but it is still not enough to be identified immediately.
Drywall and termites
Drywall is a light construction material which is used mainly for ceilings and walls. It is composed of single layer gypsum covered with two sheets of heavy papers. It is commonly used in the United States because it is effective in resisting fire and absorbing heat. You’d think that your drywall is safe from termites because it’s not made of wood. However, drywall attracts termites because it is still partly made up of cellulose. And the scary thing is that the type of termites that can infest drywall, drywood termites, are resistant to most types of termite treatment.
Yes! Termite pre-treatment methods can be really effective for subterranean termites but not for drywood termites. In addition to, it does not offer 100% termite free. You may find your drywalls severely infested with termites after years. It is best that you can identify early signs of termite infestation in your drywalls to prevent severe damage.
Early Signs of Termite Infestations on Drywalls
Let us first consider subterranean termites. These termites travel from the ground to your house and vice versa. They cannot live in minimum moisture, thus, they form colonies in contact with the ground.
Early signs of subterranean termites will be their existence outside your house. If your neighbor’s house is already infected, be more vigilant. One of the members of their colony is called swarmers. They travel short distances looking for possible food sources. As much as possible, clean the surroundings of your house and remove any possible attractants.
Subterranean termites travel with the use of mud tubes. Mud tubes are network of tunnels which is made up of termite fecal pellets. Fecal pellets can be mostly found in corners. If you find mud tubes, then, it is probably a sign that your house is under infestation. Ripples and holes on the exterior of drywalls is also another sign of infestation.
On the other hand, drywood termites are different from subterranean termites. They can live with minimal moisture concentration. Thus, they do not travel through ground. Drywood swarmers are their main tool for infestation. They travel through short distances and lands on their favorite food sources. They usually form their colonies in the interiors of their food sources.
You should be aware if your neighbor’s house is under infestation because your house might be their next location. Swarmers can be easily seen because they travel in hundreds. However, they can be mistakenly referred to as ants. Swarmers have straight antennae, two pairs of wings equally scaled and a body which has three segments. If in any case you are not around when the swarmers attack, search for dislodged wings. Swarmers will dislodge their wings as soon as they find a spot. Also, infested woods can look unharmed on the exteriors. Check for hollow parts in your walls and ceilings.
Drywalls look clean and smooth from the outside. But as soon as you have clearly identified the early signs of termite infestations, apply do-it-yourself (DIY) products immediately or call the nearest pest control company. Be keen and vigilant when it comes to termites. Don’t let termites ruin your biggest investment.