Pest Guides

Dry Wood Termites

Cryptotermes spp.


Dry Wood Termites
  • The larvae of Dry Wood termites are 1mm long and are translucent white in colour.
  • Soldiers are 5mm in length and have a pale thorax and abdomen with a darker head.
  • The bodies of adult Dry Wood termites are up to 7mm in size, or 11mm including their wings.


  • The winged adults (alates) emerge from the nest and swarm. After a short flight, they land and shed their wings.
  • Once the females attract a male, they seek a suitable site, e.g. a crack in a dry timber beam, and begin to excavate a chamber.
  • Dry Wood termites do not mate until they are sealed into their nest. Mating occurs throughout the life of the colony
  • The development of the Dry Wood termite colony is slow and after 1 year, the King and Queen may only have produced 3 or 4 larvae.
  • The larvae develop into workers, soldiers or alates.


  • Dry timber such as structural timbers, are a source of Dry Wood termite infestation.
  • These termites expand their nests by eating through timber in all directions; eventually leaving just a hollow - yet otherwise normal-appearing - piece of timber.
  • Dry Wood termites are most frequently detected by the frass that is ejected from the infected timber.

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