Drywood termites are the most common termites in California. And the second most destructive to the subterranean termite. They have been around for millions of years and are native to this region. They feed on dead wood from dead or dying trees. Unfortunately most structures are made from wood in general. The most common members of a drywood termite colony consist of: a queen, king or in some cases several kings, reproductives or alates (swarmers), soldiers and workers or nymphs. The picture shows the swarmer with the clear wings, the worker who looks almost like a maggot and the soldier who tenaciously protects the colony with it's distinctive mandibles. Most drywood termite colonies are relatively small in nature. And take years to mature colony wise. They can range from around a few hundred members to a few thousand. Homes that have a drywood termite infestation, could have multiple colonies. They expand their colonies by foraging and/or swarming. This takes place every September through November on average. Usually on a bright sunny day after rain fall. A swarm can take place virtually anytime of the year if a colony is disrupted and they have swarmers. By swarming they are increasing their odds on starting new colonies within their swarm radius. Which normally is not to far, because they are not great flyers. If they do end up further from their initial place of swarm, it is because the wind blew them or they hitched a ride. One colony in the wall, can turn into multiple ones over the years. There are different ways to treat drywood termites from spot treating to full scale fumigation. Identifing drywood termites starts with knowing the basics. Seeing fecal pellets around doors and windows are common, but are not limited to these areas only. In the other picture you will see their pellets which a good indication of an infestation. Seeing the reproductives or alates (swarmers). Seeing them around window ledges is also a good sign. Of course damage wood around the house is also an obvious sign. Or just not having a termite inspection in awhile. It's probably time to call the professionals at Budget Termite Control to come out and access the situation.