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More on Dry-Wood Termites


Dry-wood termites are one of Florida's most destructive pests because they live in and consume wood. Dry-wood termites are larger and have a smaller colony than subterranean termites. They get the moisture they need to survive from the wood they eat and from the humidity in the air. Dry-wood termites do not construct mud tubes and do not require direct soil access.


Dry-wood termites do not possess venom or coordinated defenses against larger creatures, so they do not pose a health risk. However, they will severely harm wooden furniture and home structures. Because dry-wood termites don't have to eat moist wood, they can eat your home from the inside out because they don't have to. This will not only ruin doors, furniture, and the framework, but it could also lead to serious structural issues.


Dry-wood termites, in contrast to their subterranean relatives, do not enter homes through mud tubes. The dark, powdery feces that termites leave behind, also known as frass, and the wings that flying workers leave behind are the best indicators that you have termites in your home. You might even hear dry-wood termites in some cases. As they move through your house and eat, listen for soft clicking and munching sounds.

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