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Drywood Termite

Actual Size: ¼ to ⅜”

Characteristics: Size and coloration vary within the species. Termites can generally be identified (in comparison to ants) by their equal-sized, drooping wings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Alates/swarmers have wings.

Habitat: Prefers warm, humid environments. Targets dry wood above ground.


  • Drywood termites live within the wood and have adapted to live with very little water.
  • Not as common as the subterranean termite.
  • Drywood termites have saw-like jaws.

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Drywood Termites in Kailua Kona

When compared to the subterranean termite, the drywood termite does not cause as much damage. The colonies of the drywood termite are usually discovered in dry wood, and signs of an infestation may include, feces, discarded wings, swarms, or piles of sawdust they created called “frass.” Wood contains a compound called cellulose, which is what all termites desire to feed on. While most termites prefer to consume soft or moist wood, these termites focus on dry wood (hence their name). Another similarity to other termites is their caste system which is segregated by reproductive and soldier/worker castes.

Drywood Termite Habitat

Drywood termites prefer a tropical or warm climate where there are mild winters. While other termites need moist soil or water for survival, the drywood termite does not, which is why they target wood above the ground. This means that infestations could occur in higher levels of a structure. They usually will enter the home through infested wooden furniture that was brought into a building or by entering through an exposed piece of wood.

Drywood Termite Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Drywood termites do not bite and do not pose a health risk to people. The real danger is the damage that can be caused to a home that could put safety at risk. They are relatively discrete, so their destruction can take place before they are noticed. With their discrete behavior, large colonies, and powerful capabilities, the drywood termite can do substantial damage to a home. To prevent or control a drywood termite infestation, it’s important to enlist the help of a professional termite exterminator.