Boat / Yacht Damage
When you think of termites and the damage they can cause, usually building damage comes to mind. However, if an item is made of wood, it can become fair game to termites. Boats are a vulnerable item that termites can easily destroy if undiscovered.
There are two types of termites that create the most damage in the U.S. Drywood termites are the least common. They live above ground and spread by swarming. Subterranean termites are the most destructive termites. These termites live in colonies underground and will attack any wood that is in contact with the ground.
If your boat or yacht is in the water, termites usually will not be able to damage it. However, drywood termites can swarm from a nearby location and become a problem in your vessel. A dry docked boat or a boat that is stored out of the water is usually the safest. If the boat is stored directly on the land, however, termites can easily find a way in and begin their destruction.
Fiberglass boat owners are not exempt from the damage termites can cause. Termites will eat the plywood cores out of fiberglass boats, as well. So, even if your boat is not completely made of wood, termites can cause problems.
If you see any evidence of termites, such as piles of what appears to be sawdust in your boat, or discarded wings from molting adults, seek the help of a pest control professional. They can help you with a termite maintenance program that will keep your property protected.
There are some prevention methods, such as insect repellant coatings that can help keep your boat termite-free. Check you boat frequently for damage. If caught early, termite damage can be managed.