termites in friggin redwood, too?

pfinger1August 9, 2004

I have some redwood which has been in the back yard resting on plastic buckets for about 6 weeks...some of the wood is fencing boards. I went to use some yesterday and found 5-6 drywood termites on one side, 3-4 drywoods on another.

It looked like they'd been doing some eating and there were a few holes they'd made in the wood as well. Of course I sprayed those @#$@!$ with arsenic and killed em good but why were there sooo many termites on redwood? I thought

it was safe from termites? I just finished a deck made of mostly redwood and treated wood.

Am I @!#$#@#ED?

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GardynElf(9 - a or b?)

Could be. Are the boards for your fence stained or weather treated?

    Bookmark   August 9, 2004 at 4:45PM
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pfinger1

I never got to do either...was gonna just stain the boards with some pretty stuff....the wood was on the back porch waiting for installation....will stain help?

    Bookmark   August 9, 2004 at 5:11PM
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GardynElf(9 - a or b?)

I don't know, but I was thinking it might make the wood taste bad to the bugs. Couldn't hurt if you were going to do it anyway. Best of luck!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2004 at 5:33PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

If these guys were on the outside of the wood they were not termites. Termites would not be able to exist in the environment outside of the wood. You would also find mud tummels very close by as their means of getting to the wood.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2004 at 7:41AM
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pfinger1

That's not true at all....you're speaking of subterranean termites. They need a moisture source and Drywoods fly to a (potential) source, shed their wings, and crawl around looking for a place to start a colony. I did find out they CAN chew up in redwood just as easily. Although, they're not very good at flying and they don't always succeed at entering the wood. Check this site out, it'll teach you tons:
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7440.html

    Bookmark   August 10, 2004 at 11:30AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Another good reason to live in Michigan.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2004 at 7:21AM
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pfinger1

Michigan? Does the sun ever shine there?

    Bookmark   August 11, 2004 at 10:54AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Sun. Is that that orange disk in the sky on some days?

    Bookmark   August 12, 2004 at 7:10AM
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dutch62

Drywoods were probably just setting up shop and you got them before they got to far. Don't worry bout it to much.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pest cemetery

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 8:03PM
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