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What are drywood termites?

Drywood termites are different than subterranean termites in that they do not make colonies under the soil. Instead, they live inside wood, getting the moisture they need from the humid air around them. This is why drywood termites are most common in coastal regions. Drywood termite soldiers and workers are generally larger than their subterranean counterparts. Furthermore, drywood soldiers have black heads instead of the yellow-orange ones found on subterranean termites.

 

many dry wood termites on dead wood

Another difference between drywood termites and their subterranean cousins is the way that they reproduce. Drywood termite kings and queens shed their wings very quickly after their mating flight.

Therefore, homeowners with subterranean termite infestations often find dead termites both with and without wings after a swarm, whereas those with drywood termites are more likely to find dead termites with separate wing piles as their first indicator of an infestation.

Are drywood termites dangerous?

Like other termites, drywood termites do not bite humans and are not known to spread any diseases, but they do pose an indirect threat to homeowners through the structural damage they cause. If they weaken the beams or foundations of the home, expect expensive repair costs.

How do drywood termites get inside my home?

Unlike subterranean termites, which generally enter homes through the wooden foundations near the soil where their colonies are formed, drywood termites typically enter the home through exposed wood or inside infested items such as wooden furniture. Therefore, it's important to inspect used furniture items coming in the home.

How do I get rid of drywood termites?

As with other termites, the only realistic way of getting rid of a drywood termite problem is with the help of an experienced professional. If you think you may have drywood termites, don’t wait to reach out for help. Contact the termite professionals at Pestmaster® Services today, and keep your home protected against all termite species.

 

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