Pacific Dampwood Termite
Pacific Dampwood Termites are a large species of termite, the winged ones approximately 1" in length. They are tan to dark brown. Soldiers are 3/4" long and have a cream colored body with brown to black head. Their head and jaws comprise 1/3 of their length. These termites do not have workers but their nymphs provide that function and are about 1/2" long. They are white to cream colored.
The Pacific Dampwood Termites can do a great deal of damage to wooden structures because they are difficult to detect; they hide themselves to prevent moisture loss. However, they can be identified by their scattered fecal pellets. They are 1/4" long and hexagonal in length. For additional information see Termites.
Western Subterranean Termite
The Western Subterranean Termite is smaller than the Pacific Dampwood Termite. The winged ones are a approximately 3/8" in length and are brown to black in color. Soldiers have gray bodies with cream-colored heads and black jaws. They are 1/4" long and their head and jaw comprises 1/2 their length. Workers are grayish white and 3/16" in length.
These termites are especially deleterious to wood structures because they attack both moist and dry wood. They can also be identified by the tapping that the soldiers make when disturbed, and shelter mud tubes that can be found on walls and foundation cracks.
Their fecal matter is organized and usually found in their shelter tubes and feeding areas and are scaly in appearance. For more information see Termites.
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