Winged Dampwood Termites

Class / order / family: Insecta / Isoptera / Kalotermitidae, Rhinotermitidae, Termopsidae

As its name indicates, the moist wood termite locates its nest in wood in a damp state, including decomposition. These termites vary in their appearance from family to family.

Almost all are larger than subterranean termites.

Damage and signs of infestation

The termites of humid wood are fed consuming the wood, in turn it forms a series of cameras or galleries connected by tunnels. There is no earth in the galleries but in conditions of extreme humidity the excrements stick to the walls of these galleries. If the conditions are dry these excrements accumulate in the lower part of the galleries or are expelled in the same way as the dry wood termite does.

Biology

Except for moist desert wood termites, moist wood termites are not subterranean termites, they do not require contact with the ground.

The moist wood termite excavates a chamber in which it enters and then seals. Within the next two weeks the laying of eggs begins which lasts from 14 to 18 days after the foundation of the colony, the queen deposits an average of 12 eggs. The second lots are deposited in the following spring. The size of the colony varies but colonies with up to 4000 members are known.

Habits

Normally the termite of the wet wood are found on branches, trunks and dead trees. In interiors of buildings, it is especially where the wood is in contact with the ground or there is a constant source of moisture.

Control

The control consists of the elimination of the sources of humidity and all contact of the wood with the soil. After that, all infested wood must be changed or subjected to treatment.

The local treatment of soil and wood with pesticides or termiticides duly labeled for this purpose is desirable.

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