Stumps as homes for insects
Dry wood termites are one of the most common types of insects found in stumps. The first thing you need to know about dry wood termites is that they have different roles such as carriers, builders, and scouts. The carriers or female termites are the only types that actually have the ability to fly. The builder types are responsible for eating through most of the dead wood and creating homes for the female termites. One of the reasons these termites attack stumps and dead trees is because they cannot regularly process cellulose. It’s worth noting that dry wood termites don’t require water to survive and can live in dark areas for extended periods of time.
They will create homes inside of leftover dead tree stumps. Using these as a starting point they will move towards homes and exterior wood afterwards. Drywood termites are typically native to areas that experience high humidity. These infestations can be identified by the wings they shed and leave behind. Additionally, they leave behind pellets in excess. The best way to prevent these termites from entering your home and infesting your property is to remove the tree stump before it becomes a problem in the first place. This is why following any tree removal you should have the stump grinded and removed as well.