Damp Wood Termites
Can be found in WA, OR, CA, NV, ID, MT, FL. As the name suggests, damp wood termites infest wood with a high moisture content. Damp wood termites are normally larger in size than other termite species. Bodies of king and queen damp wood 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 damp wood termites are up to 3/4 inch.
Damp wood termite colonies, like dry wood termites, have no worker caste. The nymph damp wood termites take care of the kings and queens of the colony and feed the soldier caste.
Because of their need for excessive moisture, damp wood termites are not often found in structures.
Damp wood termites do not usually infest structures because of the low moisture content of wood in structures. However, care must be taken to avoid attracting damp wood termites to a structure.
To avoid damp wood termites, make sure downspouts and gutters are diverted well away from the structure, and avoid prolonged contact between a structure and large areas of moisture, such as ponds or snow drifts.