Dampwood Termite

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Actual Size: 3/4″ – 1″

Characteristics: Much larger type of termite. Soldiers and swarmers range from a light brown color to a reddish-brown.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Alates/swarmers have wings.

Habitat: Attracted to moist, weakened wood. Target timber and other decaying wood sources.

Habits:

  • They only infest wood with a high moisture content.
  • Usually found to infest felled timber, dead trees, and stumps.
  • May infest buildings prone to a high moisture content from plumbing or drainage issues.

Dampwood Termites in Puerto Rico

Dampwood termites are a much bigger termite species when compared to other types. True to name, they are attracted to moist wood. They do not construct mud tubes like other termites. Instead, they are able to live completely within the wood they are feasting on and cover entry holes with their feces to preserve humidity. Dampwood termites are commonly found in southern areas, particularly in more humid, tropical climates. They are similar to subterranean species in their need for high-moisture environments. The main difference is that dampwood termites do not forage in soil.

There are three primary castes: reproductives (alates), soldiers, and false workers/pseudergates. Swarms can be noticed at night, and these termites are attracted to lights.

Dampwood Termite Habitat

As their name implies, dampwood termites typically infest damp wood that is often in the stages of decaying. They also are known to infest structures with fungus or high moisture levels from plumbing leaks, ventilation issues, or drainage complications. When they do infest homes, they can weaken the structure by hollowing out support beams, leading to costly and dangerous problems Old gutters filled with leaves can also cause excessive moisture to accumulate in wall cavities, creating an attractive environment for dampwood termites.

Dampwood Termite Behaviors, Threats or Dangers

If you have leaks or broken pipes that have caused water damage in your property, it’s important to be wary of dampwood termites. These termites are attracted to moist and weakened wood and can hollow-out support beams. Like other termites, dampwood termites have the capability to bite, but rarely do. The main danger of a termite infestation is the damage they can cause to your property. Infestations often go on for some time without being noticed. To prevent or control a dampwood termite infestation, it’s important to enlist the help of a professional termite exterminator.