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Drywood Termites

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What Are Drywood Termites?

This type of termite lives 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 termite species, only a handful are found in the United States.

Facts About Termites

  • Drywood termites are winged and often pale brown to reddish-brown in color.
  • They have hardened bodies with a cylindrical shape and four 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.
  • They range from 3/8 to 1/2 inch in length.

Types of Termites

Powderpost Termites

One type of termite is the Powderpost termite which is commonly found in the southeastern and middle parts of North America. This termite is known for the damage it does to furniture in your home.

Drywood Termites

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

A male and female pair of drywood termites will dig 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. Behind this plug, they excavate a chamber where the queen lays its first eggs.

Drywood termites can be identified by their fecal pellets. They will also leave behind a fine powdering of wood which resembles fine sawdust.

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