Dampwood Termite

Dampwood Termite
Size: Up to 1"
Color: Light caramel color
Habitat: Damp and decaying wood
Found: Commonly in Pacific Coast
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Dampwood Termite Control

Dampwood termites are given their name because it is just as their name implies; dampwood termites nest in and will create their colonies in wood that is damp or even decaying. Dampwood termites are usually much larger in size than their cousins, subterranean termites. The nymphs of dampwood termites can grow up to .75" long and the swarming dampwood termites will grow to be about 1" long including the size of the wings. Dampwood termites can most commonly be found in the Pacific Coastal region and the adjacent states. They can also be found in the desert or semi-arid southwestern region and also southern Florida. Although of course dampwood termites will often times be confused with other species of termites, dampwood termite infestations are often times incorrectly identified as a carpenter ant infestation.

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Dampwood Termite Identification

There are several different representative groups that are include in the dampwood termite species. There are minor physical attributes that will differentiate each group like the lengths of their bodies, size of their wings, the number of segments in their antennae and etc. However, most representing groups will have very similar shape and biological behavior. The representing species that are included in the dampwood termite species are Pacific Coast Dampwood Termites, Desert or Semi-Arid Southwestern Dampwood Termites, and two different groups of Souther Florida Dampwood Termites.

All representative groups will include identifiable “swarmer termites” and “soldier termites”. All swarming dampwood termites possess wings that are not hairy. Some of the wings of the swarming termites are heavily veined and others are not. Soldier dampwood termites are also going to have commonalities amongst each representing species. All soldier groups in the representing species possess mandibles. Some of the mandibles have teeth that are unequal in number and one representing species lack teeth on the mandibles.

Dampwood Termite Damage

Dampwood termites create significant structural damages to wood work on a variety of structures. They create damage to the wood because they eat across the grain in both spring and summer wood. While they eat across the grain, they create a series of galleries that are connected by tunnels. The walls of the tunnels are smooth and appear as if they have been sandpapered down. Unlike the tunnels of subterranean termites, the tunnels of dampwood termites do not have soil. However, if the surrounding conditions are very damp, then there are signs of fecal pellets that have stuck to the sides of the gallery walls. If the surrounding conditions are very dry, the fecal pellets do not stick to the walls and will build up on the bottom of the galleries. As the subterranean termites use soil to seal off the galleries, dampwood termites use their fecal pellets to close off galleries.

Dampwood termites are most commonly found in tree stumps, old standing trees that have died, in logs, and etc. From these initial areas of infestation, they will migrate towards the buildings and begin to infest structures. Generally, they will infest structures where there is a constant moisture source. These key areas will typically be places like woodwork that is close to leaky pipes and etc. The major difference between dampwood termites and subterranean termites are implied in their names. Dampwood termites do not colonize underground like subterranean termites do. They do not require contact with the ground; however, they do require wood as their food source. Also, the wood must have high moisture content. All these requirements apply to all representing groups of the dampwood termite except for the desert dampwood termites. Desert dampwood termites require contact with the ground in order to colonize. Ultimately, this means that woods that are constantly vulnerable to a moisture source is the most likely to be attacked by dampwood termites. Furthermore, because they do not require contact with the ground, dampwood termites will attack the wood directly rather than building tunnels up from the ground.

How to Get Rid of Dampwood Termites

Generally, because dampwood termites infest woods that are very damp or always in contact with wet conditions like leaking pipes, it is always good to check for leaking problems and also decaying wood. This will help you identify the termite problem if there is any. After eliminating all moisture problems and all wood that comes in contact with the ground, then the wood pieces that are infested should be disposed of, replaced, or treated. The wood can be treated with an appropriately labeled termiticide. Termiticides will come in a liquid form, a foam application, a wet-able powder, or a granule. The best to directly treat for dampwood termites would be a liquid concentrate that is diluted in water and sprayed or injected into the wood or a foam application that is spot treated throughout the infested piece of wood.

Treatments of the soil around the wood that comes in contact with the wood can also be done with a correctly labeled termiticide. Liquid concentrate termiticides can be infected into the ground around the infested wood.

Please refer to all product labels before applying any type of termiticide. Also, keep in mind that many termiticides are not labeled for indoor use. If you have any questions about what termiticide to use for dampwood termite infestations, feel free to talk to a representative of Pest Mall at 1-800-788-4142.

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Q. what is the difference between drywood and damp wood termites
I was told that there are termites in my holiday home in Jamaica the ones there build a nest in the closet and in the roof they also have tunnels along the walls I am not sure what kind they are in Jamaica they call them duck ants
A.   Drywood and Dampwood termites will prefer different types of wood. Both do not need contact with the ground. Drywood termites will usually infest upper levels and on dry, hardwood. Dampwood termites infest areas that are subject to constant moisture (leaking pipes, constant precipication, etc.). However, it if they are seeing tunnels along the walls, you may be dealing with subterranean termites. Subterranean termites make mud tubes up the walls from the base because they need ground contact and the moisture that is contained in dirt. Unfortunately though, we are not sure what types of termites will generally infest homes in Jamaica. We do apologize.
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Q. termite baiting system
I want to find out the termite bait system
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We have several different termite bait systems available but the most popular that our customers use are the termite bait stations from Advance Termite Bait System.

If you have any questions or comments about the stations, please feel free to contact us again via telephone at 1-800-788-4142 or email at info@pestmall.com.

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Q. Do Dampwood termites stay isolated in the rooms with damp wood or leaky pipes, or will they eventually work their way throughout the entire house/foundation?? I have only just discovered them in my upstairs bathroom when replacing the tiles. Since then I have seen a few larger ones in other places.
A.   Eventually, over time, the colony will grow and spread. That is why it is important to start treatment as soon as you can. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. Costa Rica termites
Sir I have Costa Rica termites that live in nests. Do u have a product?
A.   Thank you for contacting us with your questions or concerns. Are the termites you are infested with in your attic or basement area? Do they make mud tubes along your house? Depending on the type of termite, the treatment is different. For suberranean termites you will need to use termidor. For dry wood termites you can use boracare termiticide. Let us know where the termites are specifically located so that we may be able to further assist you with a treatment method.
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Q. If you have an area in a room that is infested with termites, and the wood is damp and rotten; At what point do you treat for the ridance of termites, before or after you tear out the affected area?
A.   We suggest to tear out the isolated area first and then treat directly. Regardless, you will have to remove the rotten wood. Direct treatment to the termites will be more effective.
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