Drywood Termite

Drywood Termite

Appearance: Drywood termite is generally larger than subterranean termites. Soldier dry wood termites have a large mandible with teeth and a large pronotum, larger than their head. Larons have 2 pairs of wings which quickly release after they swarm. This makes it easy to identify the moths that differentiate them from subterranean termites. Laron can be up to 12 mm in size.

Behavior: Dry wood termites build colonies in wood and some are found in sources of cellulose other than wood. They can build nests without being connected to the ground, often found in attic wood, they only need a little moisture.

Sign of Infestation: Subterranean termites are difficult to detect early, because they are only detected when the infestation is large. In infested wood, there will be grains of wood left over from their manure that are hexagonal in shape and are the same size ie 1 mm. They will remove their excrement from the tunnel, so the mound will be seen outside the wood. Another sign is when the termite colony gets bigger and they are ready to form a new colony when the larvae emerge.

Diseases/Contamination: Their infestation is difficult to know, so damage to building structures or furniture has occurred when they have been detected.

Prevention: pre-construction and post-construction treatment, coating wood with termite-proof materials.

Reproduction: The termite nymph will pass four to seven times to become an adult termite. Laron or sexual caste will come out and swarm when it will form a new colony.