Pest Facts: Drywood Termites

Drywood Termites

Drywood Termites (Family Kalotermitidae)

Color:Light brown
Legs:Six
Shape:Long, narrow, oval
Size:3/8" to 1 inch
Antennae:Yes
Flight:Yes

Drywood termites are found primarily in the southern halves and coastlines of the following states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Drywood termites are one of the few termites native to the United States.

Habits
Drywood termites are slow acting compared to other species of termite. They consume wooden structures from the inside.

Habitat
As the name implies, drywood termites make their home inside dry wood structures. They do not need contact with the soil, nor do they require a source of moisture. They cannot survive freezing temperatures.

Threats
Drywood termites colonize entirely within a wood structure, making them difficult to detect. They cut across the grain of the wood to enlarge their nests. This habit weakens structures to the point of failure.

Prevention
Be very careful when bringing wood onto your property. Drywood termites are easily concealed in pieces of wood and can then be transported anywhere. Inspect structures regularly for dry-rot. Detection is difficult. Look for hexagonal kickout holes the size of a BB, used by drywood termites to remove fecal pellets. If you have an infestation, you will need to call a professional for removal.

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