Drywood termites, really do not need to return to the ground for moisture.
There is enough moisture content in the wood that they are infesting to keep them happy. Subterranean Termites, on the other hand, need to return to the ground on a regular basis to get the moisture that they require.
While they may invade a structure such as a house, they are always coming from the ground up. As homeowners, this gives us an advantage in controlling them. We can treat the foundation of homes and businesses to catch them coming from or going back into the ground.
In general, the drywood type of termites lives in wood that does not have a lot of moisture.
Unlike damp wood termites, these termites will not harbor in decayed wood. Aside from that, this termite also does not need soil contact just to live, as compared to subterranean termites that are mainly found in soil.
Because of that, the drywood classification of termites can actually cause more damage as it can damage movable objects that are made of wood, such as furniture.
Typically, a male and female termite would start their own colony as soon as they pair and they find a perfect location for their nest.
When we say perfect location, this would actually refer to the wood that has no moisture but can be a good source of food. The queen, who is the founder of the colony, would then begin laying thousands to millions of eggs and let the colony grow.
When the eggs hatch, nymphs will primarily comprise the colony. Reproductive and soldier termites would then be developed from these nymphs.
Just like subterranean termites, the drywood classification does not have a worker caste in their colony.
Even though the drywood classification of termites prefers wood with less moisture, it can possibly attack any kind of wood products.
However, it is easy to identify if the wood is attacked by a drywood type of termite because the damage that it can cause is very different as compared to other types of termites.
These termites would generally cut across the grain of the wood and excavate large chambers that are connected by small tunnels.
Wooden structures in buildings, furniture, and other wooden objects can be attacked by the drywood type of termite.
Although it can generally cause serious damage to structures, it is less injurious as compared to subterranean termites because of the fact that the drywood kinds of termites are not as widespread as the subterranean classification.
When it comes to treating your property for drywood classification of termites, you have two options to eliminate these pests and stop them from destroying your hard-earned home.
You can do wood treatment and structural fumigation. If there is a limited infestation or if the infestation is only localized, you can consider spot wood treatment.
On the other hand, if the infestation is already extensive and widespread, then the best solution for you to employ would be structural fumigation through the use of chemicals which can drive away from the drywood termites.