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I have extensive drywood termites in a five yr old kitchen in a condo in Naples.  Today all wood is being removed for disposal.  My question is whether the appliances ( dishwasher, subzero fridge, oven) should also be disposed.  Could drywood termites hide in metal fixtures , nooks, crannies of appliances?  Would they then attack the new installation in coming weeks?    Thank you.

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Anita,

Like other social insects (ants, social wasps, termites) drywood termites need an intact colony structure to survive. Once you disrupt the colony it will be killed so I don't think the appliances are an issue. However, where drywood colonies are found the issue is always whether or not all the colonies/damage has been uncovered. The options are to fumigate the entire structure (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/fumigation.html) or spot treat the areas around the known infestation (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/drywood_termite.html for control info). Post a follow up if you have questions.

Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions about the control of pest insects, spiders, mites and related arthropods. These household pests include termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, nuisance ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, wasps, and many others. I can also answer questions about using pesticides and other pest control tools such as baits and traps.

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I am a retired university extension entomologist. I've taught and conducted research in urban and agricultural entomology. I've published over 70 extension publications, 20 research publications and several books about insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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