Drywood Termites live in dry wood and therefore can be found in everything from wooden rocking chairs and bookshelves to hardwood flooring or walls. Of the hundreds of drywood termite species, only a handful are found in the United States.
One subspecies of the Drywood Termite is the Powderpost termite which is commonly found in the southeastern and middle parts of North America. The common name for this type is the furniture termite. Western Drywood Termites are another subspecies which mainly inhabit the western side of the United States.
Drywood termite colonies tend to be relatively small in comparison to subterranean termites. However, there can be multiple colonies within a single dwelling and rather than living in tubes and huts, drywood termites live in the wood itself and will tunnel along the grain of the wood. Unlike subterranean termites, they do not require any contact with the soil in order to live.
A male and female pair of drywood termites will work their way into the wood chosen for the nest. The opening through which they enter the wood is sealed with a plug of brown cement-like material about 1/8-inch in diameter. Behind this plug they excavate a chamber where the queen lays the first eggs.
Drywood Termites can be found by their fecal pellets that are 6 sided and concave on each side. They will also leave behind a fine powdering of wood which resembles fine sawdust.
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