Dampwood TermitesDampwood termites are much larger then the subterranean termites that are common across the country. The swarmers (winged termites) can be 25 mm long, including their wings. The soldiers can be as large as 20 mm. They have a large head with mandibles (pincers) on the front. There are no dampwood termite workers. The immature termites do the work in the colony. The immature termites can be as much as 20 mm long. Dampwood termites get their name from the damp, sometimes decaying, wood that they use to locate their colonies. Dampwood termites do not typically nest in the soil. They will invade wood that is on the ground, especially if it is decaying. They are considered an economic pest.
Dampwood termites do not usually have contact with the soil. They do not make tunnels like the subterranean termites. Wood that dampwood termites have damaged usually looks clean and smooth inside. They often eat across the grain, especially in wood that is decayed.
Because moisture is critical to these termites, solving moisture problems is an important part of dampwood termite
treatment and control. Plumbing problems, leaks in roof or siding, wood that is touching the ground and even rainwater drainage are all examples of situations that may need to be addressed.
After the moisture conditions have been corrected, the damaged wood can be replaced. It is sometimes necessary to use treated wood.
Termiticide treatment in the wood is sometimes necessary. Because these treatments require special tools and equipment, it is advisable to call a termite
treatment and control professional.
We provide three treatments
depending on the customers requirements:
1) Treatment to doorframes etc. This treatment protects door
frames etc and is suitable for small infestations.
Due to the
lifestyle and breeding habits of Sub-terranean termites, we recommend a repeat
treatment 6 months after first treatment. Standard cost per frame- please inquire.
2) Trench around house. This involves digging a trench around the
house and pouring termite treatment into the trench - Only practical in
3) Termite Bait Stations. These are pre treated blocks of wood, which
is the best method for killing the nest and kills termites over several months.