Drywood termites are a type of termite that live and feed on dry wood, as opposed to subterranean termites, which live and feed on damp wood. They typically infest the structural wood of buildings, such as the framing, flooring, and furniture. Drywood termites are usually found in warm coastal regions and are less common in colder climates. These termites do not require contact with the soil, and they can establish colonies in any piece of wood with a moisture content of less than 20%. They typically enter structures through small cracks or holes in the wood and can cause significant damage if left untreated.
Drywood Termites Behaviour
Drywood termites are a type of termite that infest dry wood and do not require contact with the soil. A single colony can spread over several meters and occupy multiple locations within a structure. They obtain all the moisture they need from the wood consumed or through their metabolism, meaning they do not require an above ground source. These termites consume spring and summer wood, leaving behind clean and smooth galleries. They often enter homes through unscreened vents, cracks in the building exterior or around window and door frames, soffits, fascia boards, and roof seating. To retain moisture, their cuticle is more water-resistant than that of subterranean termites.