Drywood Termites

Family Kalotermitidae

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

Drywood Termites
Color Light brown
Legs 6
Shape Long, narrow, oval
Size 3/8" to 1"
Antennae True


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.


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


Drywood termites can infest structures and cause significant damage.


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.