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Dampwood Termites

Habitat

Because of their need for excessive moisture, dampwood termites are not often found in structures.

Habits

Dampwood termite colonies, like drywood termites, have no worker caste. The nymph dampwood termites take care of the kings and queens of the colony and feed the soldier caste.

  • Size: 1/2" - 5/8"
  • Color: Brown
  • Legs: 6
  • Shape: Long, Narrow, Oval
  • Antennae: True

Control / Prevention

To avoid dampwood termites, make sure downspouts and gutters are diverted well away from the structure, and avoid prolonged contact between a structure and large areas of moisture, such as ponds or snow drifts.

Threats

Dampwood termites do not usually infest structures because of the low moisture content of wood in structures. However, care must be taken to avoid attracting dampwood termites to a structure

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