Appearance and Size Facts
- Drywood termite alates (winged reproductives) are usually pale brown to reddish-brown in color
- Hardened bodies with a cylindrical shape
- Four equal sized wings that extend longer than the body
- Drywood termite nymphs and soldiers have cream colored, soft bodies, but are normally hidden from sight, inside of a piece of wood or other cellulostic material
- Size: Range from 3/8 to 1/2 inch in length
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The two most common types of termites are drywood termites and subterranean termites. Both types feed on cellulose found in wood and wood products, but there are differences between the two species.
Drywood termites do not need ground contact or moisture. They can live their entire life cycle inside a piece of structural timber or a piece of furniture. Their numbers are less than that of subterranean termites and they tend to be a bit larger in size. Drywood termites generally swarm after sunset or at night, from May until November. However, they can swarm at other times. Their swarmers are generally pale brown in color.
Termite swarms occur when a termite colony has grown so large that they send out new reproductive termites to start new colonies. The swarmers can come out during the day or night depending on their species. Drywood termites swarm generally at night.
Drywood termites cause serious damage to structures, often long before they are discovered. Possible signs of infestation include the leaving of sawdust-like pellets and wings left over from swarmers.
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Behavior & Habitat
Nevada’s temperate and dry conditions provide significantly increased insect and pest activity as compared to most areas of The US. The lack of a cold season allows pests to thrive and multiply all year long. Learn more about your pest here.
Signs of Infestation
Pests provide a variety of warning signs that vary from species to species. Some may leave subtle clues while others may cause major structural damage resulting in thousands of dollars in repairs. Learn more to protect your home and family.
Preventative Pest Tips
There are many things we can do to prevent pests from controlling our environment. Caulking cracks that pests can crawl through, maintaining sanitary conditions to deny pests a food source and eliminating any structure wood content with the earth are just a few.
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