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Dampwood Termite

  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact
These termites dwell mainly in forest lands where they eat up damp wood and rotting leaves.

Within the home, they can be found on rotting wood or on log piles. 

They are not economically significant when it comes to destruction of wooden structures as they donít attack dry timber directly.

Size : 1/2 inches to 5/8 inches
Shape : Long, narrow, oval
Color : Brownish
Legs : 6
Wings : Yes
Antenna : Yes
Common Name : Dampwood Termite
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Isoptera
Family : Hodotermitidae
Species : Varies


Feed on rotting wood, damp wood and leaves on forest floors.
These termites are external dwellers and are found in forested areas which are cool and damp. Are attracted to damp wood within or near the house even though they donít cause significant damage.
Remove piles of logs around the home that would attract them.

Dig up and remove stumps that have been cut.

Remove any damp and rotting pieces of wood in or around the house.
They are just a nuisance because they do not target dry timber used in building structures. 

Help in biodegrading of wood in the natural environment.
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