Drywood Termites, Cryptotermes Cavifrons, are typically a pale brown color. Soldiers measure approximately 3/8-inch long and have large brownish heads with strong jaws. Kings and Queens measure up to ½-inch long. During the Alate (winged) stage they can be as long as 5/8-inch. With Drywood Termites, the “worker” caste is made up of Nymph (juvenile). These Nymphs, which comprise the majority of the colony, are wingless and cream colored.
Behavior of Drywood Termites
Unlike their subterranean cousins, Drywood termites live exclusively in wood and do not require any contact with soil. These termites acquire their necessary moisture through the digestion of cellulose, found in most common household materials. Unfortunately, this means they are immune to do-it-yourself soil treatments. Drywood Termites have a tendency to create multiple colonies inside structures. Although often confused with sawdust, the most common way to identify an infestation is with the discovery of fecal pellets. Swarming and infestations by Drywood termites are usually activated by warm temperatures and heavy rain during the spring and summer months. Soldier and Nymph termites remain inside the colony at all times. The Soldier termite guards the colony against attacks from enemies such as ants. Nymphs (juvenile) termites’ aid in all of the functions of the colony, from feeding soldier termites and assisting the King and Queen with new young, to constructing and expanding the colony. Alate (winged) termites “swarm” to find new dry wood. Once successful, these Alates soon pair, enter a small hole and create a new colony.
Treatment of Drywood Termites
The most effective way to combat Drywood termites is with an annual inspection by Tomasello Pest Control. If you suspect that your home or property has been invaded call Tomasello immediately and we will help you keep your termite related costs to a minimum.
The US will spend approximately $5 Billion dollars this year combating termites and repairing the damage caused by them! Many insurance policies do not include coverage against termites. Approximately 600,000 houses will be attacked with an average repair cost of $3,000 per victim!
Don’t take that risk! Schedule an inspection from Tomasello Pest Control and we will help you protect your home from Termites!