About Drywood Termites
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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 dry wood species, only a handful are found in the United States.
One subspecies of Drywood termites is the Powderpost termite, which is commonly found in the southeastern and middle parts of North America. The Powderpost termite likes to create nests inside of wooden furniture. They are very destructive to furniture and can completely destroy furniture in just a short period of time.
Drywood termite colonies tend to be relatively small in comparison to subterranean termite colonies. However, drywood termites can have multiple colonies within a single dwelling and rather than living in mud tubes outside the wood structure, they live inside the wood itself and they tunnel along the grain of the wood. Also, unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites do not require any contact with the soil to live.
A colony begins when a male and female termite finds a suitable wood source. They will burrow into the wood and create a small room. Then termites will seal up the entrance to the new nest with a plug of brown cement-like material about 1/8-inch in diameter. The new queen termite then begins to lay the first eggs.
There are two main noticeable signs that you have drywood termites. The first is that they will leave fecal pellets around wooden structures that are six sided. Drywood termites will also leave behind a fine powdering of wood which resembles fine sawdust around the wood that they are eating.
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