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alternatives to pesticides - bugs/pests - termites, dampwood

 

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Dampwood termites typically infest damp and decaying timber and are commonly found in Pacific Coast states such as Oregon, Northern California and Washington. Dampwood termites, as the name suggests, will only infest wood with high moisture content. The colonies of dampwood termites are exclusively wood dwelling, with most species not requiring contact with the soil. Dampwood termites may infest buildings or structures where timber is in contact with the soil or with moisture say from plumbing leaks, ventilation or drainage deficiencies. Old gutters filled with leaves may also cause excessive moisture to accumulate in wall cavities making it attractive to infestation by dampwood termites. Dampwood termites are generally much larger than subterranean termites. The swarmers may be up to 1” in length, including their wings. The soldiers of dampwood termites have a large reddish-brown head and large multi-toothed mandibles (pincers).

Prevention
Clean-up - Do not leave soil piled up next to your house or in contact with any wood structures.
Repair - Also, repair any leaky pipes that keep surrounding wood moist.
Storage - Firewood should be stored in a dry place; wet wood attracts termites.

 

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