- A single colony can extend their galleries several meters and may occupy multiple locations, up to several dozen per structure.
- They require no connection with the soil and no aboveground moisture source. All the moisture they need is obtained from the wood they consume, or produce through the metabolism.
- Drywood termites consume both spring and summer wood.
- The cavities are clean and smooth as though they had been worked with sand paper.
- The swarmers often enter houses through unscreened attic or foundation vent, or cracks in the building exterior such as around window and doorframe, soffits, fascial boards, and roof seating.
- To conserve moisture, their cuticle is more impermeable to water loss than that of subterranean termites.
Why Is It A Pest?
- Drywood termites attack the structure timbers and woodwork of building, as well furniture, hardwood flooring and wooden articles of many kinds.
- Infestation can lead to great damage to unprotected buildings and other wooden structures.
- Remedial treatment includes wood replacement, liquid treatment, spot treatment, heat treatment and fumigation.
- Preventive strategies include pressure-treatment with wood preservatives such as Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ).