Desert Dampwood Termites

Actual Size and Characteristics: Dampwood termites are a larger species of North American termites, with some soldiers measuring two centimeters long. Reproducing males and females can reach lengths over two centimeters. Coloration can range from cream to brown.

Behavior:

  • Dampwood termites are known for destroying vegetation, especially citrus trees.
  • They prefer to nest in or eat moist wood.
  • Desert dampwood termites are known for their strong odor.
  • They do not create mud nests, but burrow within wood.

Pest Description

Desert Dampwood Termite Behavior

Dampwood termites can be found in damp, moist, or rotting wood. They are a larger species of North American termites, with some soldiers measuring two centimeters long. Reproducing males and females can reach lengths over two centimeters. Rather than burrowing in soil or creating mud tunnels, desert dampwood termites live within wood materials. Their nests are smaller than some other species, with approximately 4,000 termites per nest. They do not have a worker caste, but the nymph termites are responsible for foraging, digesting wood, and nurturing reproducing males and females. Desert dampwood termites hide their nests very well, concerned with moisture loss.

Preventing Problems with Desert Dampwood Termite Behavior

The primary destruction caused by desert dampwood termites is within moist or rotting wood. If sawdust or piles of wood shavings are seen in or around rotting wood, an infestation should be suspected. Any decaying or rotting wood should be removed from the property immediately, and any wood or lumber piles should be covered from the rain. Within a building, wet or damp wood should be removed as well, and any leaks should be fixed to prevent the desert dampwood termites from finding a suitable nesting site.

Controlling, and Eliminating Desert Dampwood Termites

Because desert dampwood termite nests can be so difficult to find, a pest control professional should always be consulted. At Pest Control Inc, we use a variety of different treatment techniques to eliminate desert dampwood termites, including surveillance, baiting, and exclusion solutions.