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Pest Guide > Termites > Drywood Termites

Drywood Termites

Family Kalotermitidae

These social insects infest dry wood and do not require contact with the soil.

Color: Light brown
Legs: 6
Shape: Long, narrow, oval
Size: 3/8" to 1 inch
Antennae: Yes

Habits

They form colonies of up to 2,500 members. Unlike subterranean termite species, drywood termite colonies do not have a worker caste. The work is done by immature termites before they reach adulthood.

Habitat

Drywood termites infest dry wood, like that found in attic framings.

Threats

Drywood termites can infest structures and cause significant damage.

Prevention

Drywood termites can be avoided by making sure firewood and scrap wood is stored at least 20 feet from the home. Because drywood termites form new colonies by gaining access to wood through small holes, seal all cracks and crevices in a structure.
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