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Drywood termites are named so because colonies live entirely in dry, sound wood. Unlike subterranean termites, 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 produced through their metabolism. Drywood termites attack the structural timbers and wood work of buildings, as well as furniture, hardwood flooring, and wooden articles of many kinds. New termite colonies are initiated when the swarmers enter cracks, knotholes, or joints and subsequently bore into the wood. Swarmers often enter houses through unscreened attic or foundation vents, or cracks in the building exterior such as around window and doorframes, soffits, fascia boards and roof sheathing.
Drywood termites are well adapted to withstand environmental extremes in both moisture and temperature. This is important because, unlike subterranean termites, they cannot retreat into the soil when conditions around them become unfavorable. The termites survive in such places, colonies move to more favorable locations in the wood where temperatures within their galleries are more suitable.
Drywood termite colonies are small in comparison to subterranean colonies, containing perhaps a few thousand individuals. Because of this, infestations are often localized in areas such as door and window trim, furniture, or even a wooden picture frame. Structural lumber is also infested, although the gallery systems usually extend but a few feet or meters in the wood. Multiple colonies may be present – up to several dozens per structure – thus increasing the nuisance aspect and potential for damage. The likelihood of multiple infestations increases with the age of the building.
Drywood termite damage is different than that of subterranean termite damage. No mud tunnels are produced, and there is no evidence of soil in the feeding galleries. Drywood termites construct large galleries both across and with the wood grain, consuming both the spring and summer wood. The cavities are clean and smooth as though they had been worked with sandpaper. As the feeding galleries are enlarged, a thin outer layer of wood is left intact. The most obvious sign of infestation is the tiny seed-like fecal pellets, which the termites eject from the galleries. The pellets are ejected through temporary “kick-out” holes and often accumulate in small piles beneath the area where the termites are working. The kick-out holes are very tiny and usually plugged with fecal materials. They sometimes can be found by closely inspecting wood surfaces directly above accumulations of pellets. The hard, gritty pellets will vary in color from cream to brick-red to black, depending somewhat on the type of wood eaten.
Subterranean termites are social insects that live in societies whose numbers are mostly immature individuals. Their colonies, which can contain thousands to millions of termites, are formidable; even through each individual termite is soft-bodied and delicate. In nature, subterranean termites are closely associated with the soil habitat where they tunnel to locate water and food (e.g., wood, fallen logs, and other cellulose-containing materials). Subterranean termites excavate galleries throughout their food as they consume it. They conceal their workings and can completely honeycomb wood by feeding along the grain and following the softer spring wood, leaving little more than a thin wooden exterior.
Subterranean termites construct aboveground earthen runways (shelter tubes) that protect them from the dying effects of air as well as from natural enemies, such as ants. Subterranean termites are very susceptible to desiccation, and thus they are dependent on moisture sources.
In the United States, Subterranean termites are found in every state except Alaska. They are most abundant in warmer climates, where structural infestations are common. Subterranean termites are the most economically important wood-destroying pest in the United States. They are, however, important components of natural forest ecosystem, where they break down cellulose. Unfortunately, when land is cleared for human habitation the termites present may eventually pose a threat to the wood used in construction because their natural food resources have been removed.
Biology of Subterranean Termites in the Eastern United States Daniel R. Suiter, Susan C. Jones, and Brian T. Forschler, Authors
Handbook of Pest Control Mallis-Editoral Director Stoy A. Hedges, B.C.E. Ninth Edition