Drywood Termites

drywood termites

Arlington termite removal service will identify the type of termite you are seeing in your home or business and then get rid of them.

What are drywood termites?

They live in dry wood and therefore can be found in everything from wooden rocking chairs and bookshelves to hardwood flooring or walls. Of the hundreds of their species, only a handful are found in the United States.

Other types

One subspecies of the drywood is the Powderpost termite which is commonly found in the southeastern and middle parts of North America. Some would classify this as a ‘furniture termite’ because they feed on furnitures, specially on wood furnitures. Western drywood are another subspecies which mainly inhabit the western side of the United States.

The colonies of the drywood tend to be relatively small in comparison to subterranean. However, there can be multiple colonies within a single dwelling and rather than living in tubes and huts, the drywoods live in the wood itself and will tunnel along the grain of the wood. Unlike the subterranean, they do not require any contact with soil in order to live.

A male and female pair of drywood termites will work their way into their chosen wood for nest building. The opening through which they enter the wood is sealed with a plug of brown cement-like material about 1/8-inch in diameter in the entrance. Behind this plug, they excavate a chamber where the queen lays its first eggs.

The drywood can be found by their fecal pellets. They will also leave behind a fine powdering of wood which resembles fine sawdust.


Facts about Drywood Termites

  • Drywood termite alates (winged reproductives) are usually pale brown to reddish-brown in color
  • Hardened bodies with a cylindrical shapeFour equal sized wings that extend longer than the body
  • Drywood termite nymphs and soldiers have cream colored, soft bodies, but are normally hidden from sight, inside of a piece of wood or other cellulostic material
  • Size: Range from 3/8 to 1/2 inch in length


Arlington Pest Control provides both termite removal and prevention. Call (817) 522-3223 today to find out how you can protect your home!

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