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Drywood Termite

  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact
They are the most destructive of all as they target dry wood that is used in construction. 

They build mounds as well as live underground. 

Their presence can be denoted by mud tubes built on timber or walls. 

Their colony is divided in castes consisting of: soldiers, queen and sterile workers.

Size : 3/8 inches to 1 inches
Shape : Long, narrow, oval
Color : Light brown
Legs : 6
Wings : Yes
Antenna : Yes
Common Name : Drywood Termite
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Isoptera
Family : Kalotermitidae
Species : Varies


Derive cellulose from dry wood. They also eat up any wooden item including paper and card boards that are stored within the house. They are also known to chew through plastic, nylon and asphalt. 

They live within visible mounds or in underground colonies. They use their maze of tunnels to connect mini colonies and also reach new feeding grounds.
Preserve timber through chemicals and strong termite repellents.

Remove all scrap timber and wood from the yard. Dig up old stumps and termite mounds that may be in existence.

Seal all cracks and crevices that can be used as points of entry into the building.

Call termite experts for removing established populations.
Dry wood termite is the number one enemy to wooden structures. They primarily feed on wood which compromises their integrity and structures. This leads to destruction that costs a lot of money for doing replacements or conducting repairs. 

Their underground tunnels compromise foundations of buildings and subterranean cables and plumbing.
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