Creamy white to brownish
Long, narrow and oval
1/2″ – 5/8 inch long
Found throughout the pacific coastal and adjacent states, the desert or semi-arid southwest, and southern Florida
Although some infested wood has been shipped to other parts of the country, dampwood termites have been unable to establish in these areas. They are similar to drywood termites in that they have no true worker caste. The work of the colony is performed by reproductives or immature soldiers. These termites create a series of chambers in wood, which are connected by tunnels. These termites swarm in smaller quantities of about 50-60 and they are attracted to light.
Dampwood termites are usually found in buried wood. Examples of this are shrubs, young trees, logs, stumps, dead trees, fence posts and utility poles.
Dampwood termites are not commonly found in structures because of their need for excessive moisture. However, it is more prevalent in housing developments that have been established on citrus groves and common scenarios. It is necessary to prevent conditions that would attract dampwood termites to a structure, as they can cause serious property damage.
Dampwood Termite Prevention
To prevent dampwood termites indoors, reduce humidity by properly ventilating crawl spaces, attics and basements and divert water away from the foundation of the structure. Plumbing leaks from faucets, water pipes and AC units should be repaired. Firewood should be stored at least 20 feet away from the house. If you think you have dampwood termites, call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. We offer treatment options for a very affordable price.