Drywood termites are the second most damaging termite group in the U.S. Drywood termites do not live underground like subterranean termites. They make their homes in wood with low moisture content. This type of wood is also their main food source.
Drywood termites can cause millions of dollars of damage to wooden structures and movable wooden pieces, such as furniture. Drywood termites will bore their way into the wood they choose to make their home. A male and female, called alates, will create a chamber where the female will lay eggs. When these eggs hatch, the nymphs will go through several stages of development, and then begin the job as workers, creating a colony within the wood. They will exit the colony when swarming season occurs. The reproductive males and females will bore out a hole from the colony and swarm. When they return, the holes are sealed up behind them.
Drywood termites create various chambers in their nests for different functions. The workers keep the tunnels free of debris and make sure the colony remains clean and efficient.
The most destructive type of drywood termite is the dark western drywood termite. This termite is found primarily in California and Arizona, as well as southern coastal regions. It can infest lumber piles, telephone poles and furniture, and will damage a home anywhere from the foundation to the roof.
Drywood termites can be transferred to regions they normally do not inhabit, due to their ability to live in furniture and other movable wood. To ensure your home is safe from termites, consult a pest control professional. They can help determine the type of termite invading your home, as well as the method of treatment that you may need.