Drywood Termite

Behaviour:

  • 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.

Control Measures:

  • 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).