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Drywood Termites

Termite Control

Identifying Drywood Termites

Region of US: CA, AZ, NM, TX, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Location in home: Attics, antique furniture, door frames, flooring, structural timbers

Most common in warmer states along the entire length of the southern United States, drywood termites are rarely seen in colder climates. Unlike most other types of termite, drywood termites receive almost all of their nutrition from wood, meaning they do not require any moisture from the soil to survive. As a result, drywood termites are often found in the attics of older homes, as well as in antique furniture, flooring, and structural timbers. These termites are particularly difficult to treat because once they have gained entry to a home, they have a tendency to spread out and create multiple colonies throughout a single building.

Drywood termites are most easily identifiable through the presence of their fecal pellets, or frass, which accumulate in small piles outside their tunnels, often in areas like windowsills. Without the presence of frass, a drywood termite infestation is frequently only detected after a colony has burrowed so deeply that cracks in the veneer and maze-like tunnels become apparent. If the infestation has reached this level, homeowners are advised to immediately contact a pest control professional.