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Old 05-18-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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Found termite dust on floor at bathroom door frame. Has anyone had this problem and how did you solve it?
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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You sure it's termite dust and not saw dust? Saw dust seems to appear once in awhile because it wasn't clened up well at the factory.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:47 PM   #3
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I'm guessing here but I bet its not termite dust if your unit fairly new.
Its wood construction rush left behind by the fr's great clean up crew
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:51 PM   #4
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Termites live in the ground. Unless you can find mud tunnels up the tongue jack or the tires (which if very unlikely), it is not termites.
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The trailer is a 2004 and after sweeping up more than once in the same spot there is more the next day or two. It is small round particles. If I bang on the door frame more comes out. I think that termites can live in wood also.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:54 PM   #6
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Termites live in the ground.


not all live in the ground

Types of Termites


When it comes to termites, it's particularly important to know which exact kind of termite you are dealing with. This is because different types of termites require different extermination methods. If you exterminate against the wrong type, chances are it won't work. This is due to the different ways in which the termites invade and where they live and build their colonies. Some live in the wood while others live deep down in the soil around your house, busily building huge colonies of workers. Termites are known for swarming in the spring, summer and autumn. During the swarm they send out large numbers of winged, reproductive males and females that will mate, shed their wings and develop new colonies.
There are three main types of termites in the United States: dampwood, drywood and subterranean.
Dampwood Termites

These are the least dangerous, least destructive and least likely to invade your home. Dampwood termites need moisture to survive, and they thrive on eating damp and rotten wood. They are commonly found in wood piles outside your home, in rotten or wet siding or roof shingles, or under sinks in the wood of wet cabinets due to plumbing leaks. Dampwood termites can be easily prevented by moving all sources of wood and paper away from your home by at least a few feet. Maintaining your gutters, siding and roofing will help prevent any moisture buildup which would attract dampwood termites. Make sure to fix any plumbing leaks, even minor ones, in order to prevent dampwood termites. Getting rid of dampwood termites is simple. All you need to do is remove or fix the source of moisture that attracted the termites. Once this is accomplished, the termites will leave.
Drywood Termites

These are extremely destructive in states like Florida. They live in the wood and the only way to completely get rid of large infestations is through fumigation. Evidence of drywood termites includes small fecal droppings, which look like small sand piles around your house, especially near wood and in windowsills.
Subterranean Termites

These are the most destructive in that they are so hard to get rid of and they work fast in very large colonies. With a king, queen and thousands of workers deep down in the soil around your home, subterranean termites build mud tubes by which they can travel to and from the soil to the wood inside your home. These termites are so hungry that they will even eat fiberboard and paper. The only way to rid your home of this type of termite is through a baiting process, which could take some time - but it works. The termites take the bait back to their colonies and eventually the colony, "the source'" of it all, and then they are all killed off.
Aside from those three, there is one other kind of termite that can be found in the US:
Formosan Termites

Fermosan termites are a kind of subterranean termite and are extremely destructive. They even invade and destroy boats and live trees. These termites live in warmer climates and are most prominent in Alabama, Florida, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee. However, they have also been found in smaller populations as far north as the Canadian border.
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check your vents. most likely coming from there. heck just last winter i found out my AC vent in the bathroom was plugged by the blank left over from the whole saw used to cut the vent hole!
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not all live in the ground


Well, I learn something new every day. Around here, most live in the ground.
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well thanks for everyones input. I will let you know what we find out and how we take care of this issue. Always something to do when you own a travel trailer.
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If it is indeed an insect infestation vs. sawdust from construction, it could also be a powder post beetle: Powderpost Beetle Control
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