A. Paul Fisette replies: Drywood termites are present in New Mexico, and they can definitely cause trouble. They are found in a very narrow region along the southern fringe of the U.S., from California to Florida. Drywood termites do not live in the ground like the more well-known subterranean termites, and they don’t multiply as fast. In the U.S., drywood termites cause far less damage than subterranean termites, but their ability to live in dry wood, without outside moisture or contact with the ground, makes them particularly troublesome. The destruction caused by drywood termites does not proceed rapidly, but over the course of many years they can completely destroy the timbers in a home.
Drywood termites are seldom seen and are difficult to detect. Signs of the presence of drywood termites include tiny termite fecal pellets and "kickout holes" in the wood, which are the size of a BB.
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