Drywood Termites

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Actual Size: 1/4–3/8″

Characteristics: Size and coloration vary within the species. Termites can generally be identified (in comparison to ants) by their equal-sized, drooping wings.

Habits:

  • Drywood termites live within wood, and have adapted to live with very little water.
  • They excavate and eat wood.
  • Not as common as the subterranean termite.
  • Drywood termites have saw-like jaws.

Overview

Drywood termites are not as destructive as subterranean termites in North America, but can still do substantial damage. Their colonies are typically found in dry wood, and evidence of an infestation usually includes discarded wings, feces, or frass (piles of sawdust created from their feeding).

Prevention of Drywood Termites

Because of their ability to stay hidden, their many swarmers and workers, and their saw-like jaws, drywood termites can cause incredible amounts of damage to a home. The best way to prevent drywood termites is to make sure that they cannot enter a home. They often use plumbing utility holes and cracks in foundations. Any and all cracks or utility holes where their tunnels can access a structure must be sealed shut.

Eliminating Drywood Termites

A licensed pest control professional should be called to inspect the building if a termite infestation is suspected. This expert should also inspect the property, ensuring that it is adequately termite-proofed. If an infestation is found, the pest control expert can also treat the area to eliminate the termite invaders.