If you have noticed decaying wood around your house then it might be possible that your house is already under the attack of Dampwood termites or is vulnerable to them. But, are damp wood termites dangerous? What do you identify?
Let’s dive in to know all about damp wood termites.
Why Should I be worried about Dampwood termites?
It’s difficult for anything to stand without any support, and just imagine, the beams that are supporting your house become hollow. The whole house will collapse, Right? That is what Dampwood termites can do to you. And repairing will be costly, along with a lot of frustration.
The worst part is, it is very difficult to identify the damage done by this species of termites until it has deepened its roots.
Don’t confuse fungus with Dampwood termites as the wood that they infest consists of a very high level of moisture that can also invite fungus to be its guest. These termites leave their feces behind to cover up the holes, through which they enter and remain hidden without constructing any mud tube.
How to identify Dampwood Termites?
- Size:In North America, Dampwood termites are considered the largest but contrary to the size, their colony size is very small. And as per research, they have several species. Namely,
- Soldiers: The size of these termites is usually 20 mm.
- Swarmers:Also known as winged termites are usually 25 mm in size.
- Immature:Normally, the immature termites are 20 mm in size and they always work in the colony.
- Color: These termites are usually spotted in brown color which also varies from light to dark and Nymphs are generally cream in color.
- Behavior:Humid temperature and regular water contact are a must for these termites to survive.
Where Are They Found?
Dampwood termites are usually found at places that have high humidity, like Idaho, Nevada, Washington, California, Montana, Oregon, and other places along Pacific Coast.
They can also attack the surfaces where the moisture level is very high due to any reason like drainage problems or deficiency of ventilation.
How to Control Dampwood Termites?
- Remove moisture:Try to control the sources that provide the moisture because once the moisture is removed, the colony of the termites will not survive.
- Replace damaged wood: Even if you manage to remove the moisture, it is necessary to replace the damaged wood to avoid further damage.
It can be a little difficult to identify whether the fungus is alone your culprit, or damp wood termites are also partners in crime. The help of professionals is needed in identifying the seriousness of the situation and solving the problem.
Dampwood termites can go unnoticed for long, and by the time you detect their presence, the damage done may have gone out of your hands. Since it is very difficult to trace them, seek professional help to get your house inspected and eradicate them at the earliest.