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The Drywood Termites appearance is similar to the Subterranean Termite, except that they have shorter legs and move slowly, and it is more of a reddish brown color.
Infestations of Drywood Termites are just about as damaging as Subterranean Termites. Drywood Termites will excavate large pockets in the wood that they attack. They require no soil contact, and they can even infest dead limbs on trees.
Drywood Termites do not require an external source of moisture, the consumed wood provides all the moisture that is needed. They are usually noticed from the piles of fecal pellets that are ejected from kick-out holes. The pellets (frass or droppings) accumulate below these holes.
- Termite evidence is unseen behind the stucco and plaster.
- Wood damage or pellets show infestation evidence.
- Corky's radar technology will detect unseen termites.
A mated pair of winged adults will form a new colony once they drop the wings and enter a structure through cracks or crevices in March through June of each year.
The wings are longer than the body, a sure sign that they are not ants. They look for bare wood and then create a chamber, where they then mate and raise their brood. Eggs hatch in about 2 ½ months and become nymphs, false workers, or soldiers. Nymphs can quickly take care of themselves, and will also tend to the queen and king. The false workers will obtain food and tend the nest, while the soldiers, which have larger heads, defend the nest from invaders. There is no true worker caste. A queen can live for 15 years, during which the colony may grow to thousands of nymphs. A single structure can also be host to multiple colonies.
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As their name implies, Subterranean termites live underground. These are the termites that probably cause the most overall damage to structures.
Workers and soldiers are about 1/4th inch in size, while the reproductive males and females are about 3/8ths inch. Soldiers have a larger head with long mandibles. The reproductives are dark brown, while the workers are a colorless gray.
Workers will eat any damp wood, and even damp carpets, to feed the other members of the colony. Even the nymphs will chew on wood. They have a high humidity requirement, and form tubes extending from the ground to travel in search of wood. The tubes are formed from saliva, soil, and bits of chewed wood. Tubes may also be used as shelter, migratory paths, and an exit for swarmers.
Extreme damage usually takes years to develop, and the interior of wood is eaten leaving behind the outer shell, and any harder wood portions the termites didn’t want to finish.
Eggs take about 50 days to hatch. After the first year, several fertile females assist the queen in laying eggs, so a colony can grow quite rapidly. Growth progresses through up to seven instars, which takes about two years. The entrie egg to adult process can be 3-4 years in length.
Adults will swarm anytime from January through April. The males and females pair off, drop their wings, and burrow into the ground in search of wood and a place to start a new colony.