Termites/Wood Destroying Insects » Drywood termite

Drywood termite


While all termites have long narrow bodies, they vary greatly in appearance depending on the termite’s role in the colony. Drywood termite workers are light brown and 1/8-inch long; “swarmers” are up to 1 inch long and have cream-colored wings.


Drywood termites infest dry wood and are found most often in attics. They do not require contact with soil. They obtain moisture from the water produced by digesting cellulose. Winged reproductives or “swarmers” will leave an existing colony and form pairs, then fly to new dry wood areas where they enter through small holes in the wood to start new colonies.


Like other termite species, they feed on products containing cellulose. Unlike other wood-destroying insects, termites actually eat the wood.

Termite control: drywood termites

Make sure firewood and scrap wood is stored at least 20 feet from your home. Seal all cracks and crevices into the building. Use fine-grade screens on all windows and doors as well as on all ventilation openings for attics and crawl spaces. Seal exposed wood with paint, varnish or other sealant. Be sure to seal nail holes and cracks.

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