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Drywood Termites

 

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Unlike subterranean termites, which built colonies in the soil, Drywood Termite colonies do not need contact with soil moisture nor any other water source. As their name suggests, Drywood Termites occur in dry wood that may be above ground level.

Drywood termites form colonies in a similar manner to other termites. They have flyingForms known as swarmers, which fly out in great numbers from mature colonies (Mature colonies typically take 5 -7 years to establish) at certain times of the year. This process is known as swarming. Swarmers will find mates and then flutter in search of dead wood in which to start a new colony. Unlike the subterranean termites, the Drywood termites form colonies within the wood itself rather than in the soil below. Drywood termites form colonies within dead wood that has no access to free water. This is the reason for their common name, Drywood termites.

Drywood termites must either acquire water through metabolism (of wood) or through moisture in their environments. Since these termites live within their food, they must find ways to remove waste from their colonies. Drywood termites make small holes in the wood they infest and occasionally kick out fecal pellets. Piles of the pellets usually accumulate under these openings alerting the homeowner to current activity. While most Drywood termites only infest dead trees, others are economically important pests because they nest in wooden framing and studs of homes or in commodities such as wooden furniture.

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