How are drywood termites detected?

What can a homeowner do?

Drywood termites live in small colonies within the timbers of your house.  They stay well within the timber except for taking out the trash and when the kids leave.  The trash is made up of little pellets of poo (frass) which look a lot like pepper.  When they have too much in the nest, they'll open up a little hole to the surface and dump it out.  If you see little piles of peppery stuff that reapear after you remove them, then you have drywood termites.  Every so often, the colony kicks out a lot of kids.  These winged (alate) termites attempt to fly off, find a mate and start a new colony.  If released inside, they are very hard to miss.  That's the two main ways you're likely to find them.

A pest manager will do a complete inspection, looking and using tools to try and find these little colonies.  It is a very tough job and the risks of missing ones that are deeply hidden or just very small are quite high.  It is important that your pest manager has good access to the whole of the house and has enough time to do the job properly.  Have people available to move furniture as required.