Dampwood Termite

Dampwood Termite

Identification

The winged reproductive termites are dark reddish brown and have two pairs of equal-sized wings that extend beyond the body.

Full-grown workers are soft-bodied, wingless, blind and creamy white.

Soldiers look the same as the full-grown workers, but the head of the soldier is enormously elongated, brownish, hard and equipped with two jaws.

Habitat

Swarms are common in fall, especially after a rain, usually in the early evening. Damp wood termites will only inhabit wood that is saturated 22-28% in moisture and is beginning to rot. Usually they are found in old stumps, weather exposed decks, bathroom floors or tub enclosures that have severe moisture problems.

Treatment

It’s usually recommended to repair/replace the damaged wood and fix the moisture issues, in lieu of insecticide treatments.