||Long, narrow, oval
||1/2" - 5/8"
||Pacific coastal and adjacent states, the desert or semi-arid southwest, and southern Florida.
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As the name suggests, dampwood termites infest wood with a high
moisture content. Dampwood termites are normally larger in size
than other termite species. Bodies of king and queen dampwood
termites range in size from 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch long and have two
pairs of wings that are equal in size and shape and extend beyond
their abdomen. Nymphs range up to 5/8 inch and worker dampwood
termites are up to 3/4 inch.
Dampwood termite colonies, like drywood termites, have no worker
caste. The nymph dampwood termites take care of the kings and
queens of the colony and feed the soldier caste.
Because of their need for excessive moisture, dampwood termites
are not often found in structures.
Dampwood termites do not usually infest structures because of
the low moisture content of wood in structures. However, care must
be taken to avoid attracting dampwood termites to a structure.