Drywood Termites

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Drywood Termite Facts

  • Typically between 1/8 and 3/16 of an inch in length. They can be light to dark brown, tan or white in color.
  • Enter the home seeking a place to set up a new colony through small cracks or carried in on infested wood such as old furniture, firewood or building materials.

What Are Drywood Termites?

Drywood termites are commonly found in wood with low moisture content. These termites do not require contact with soil moisture in order to live. They spend almost their entire life cycle inside the sound, dry wood upon which they feed. Since colonies are often small and found deep inside wood, they are difficult to detect. Colonies are also spread over a wide area. They are commonly found in warm climates, specifically coastal regions such as Florida, California and Texas. Drywood termites are structural pests that exist in warm, dry climates or tropical climates. They inhabit dry wood typically found above the ground's surface, and they burrow deep into wood.

Drywood termites also enter homes after swarms, usually occurring in the spring. During swarms, an existing termite colony sends out a large number of winged reproductive males and females. These mating swarms may result in several newly fertilized king and queen termites attempting to establish colonies of which many may be within or around a home.

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