Drywood Termites are commonly found in coastal states in the south and south west of the country. They are not as prolific as some other species, but the damage they cause can be substantial especially as they can go undetected for a long time before they are discovered.The Drywood Termite larvae are typically 1/32” long and translucent white in color, the soldier can be spotted by their pale coloring of the thorax and the darkening of the head, however, the biggest difference can be seen in the winged adult Drywood termites which measure up to 7/16”.
Drywood Termites typically infest dry timber structures and expand their nest by eating through timber in all directions. What is left from this colonisation and expansion is typically a normal-appearing piece of timber; however, it is now hollow and structurally compromised.
The most common ways of detecting Drywood termites is through identification of their fecal pellets and from the frass which they eject from infected timbers.
The winged adults (alates) emerge from the nest and swarm, and after a short flight they shed their wings. Next, the females attract a male and seek out a suitable site (e.g. a crack in a dry timber beam) to excavate a chamber. Once they have sealed themselves into the nest they begin a mating process which continues throughout the life of the colony. This process is, on the whole, a slow one, with the King and Queen only having produced 3 to 4 larvae in the first year. Once these larvae do develop, however, they become soldiers or alates (adults) and the process starts again.
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