Pacific Dampwood Termites
The Pacific dampwood Termite is the largest species of termites in Washington . They are cream to dark brown in color and can measure up to 1 inch with wings. The workers have a reddish brown head and cream colored body and approximately ¾ inch long and the mandibles are 1/3 rd their length. The colony consist of queen, king and soldier caste. There is no worker cast and the nymphs of soldiers and reproductives perform this function. The nymphs are white to cream colored and are about ½ inch long. They are a secondary Wood destroying organism.
Wet or damp wood is key to the colonies, wood to soil contact, leaky plumbing including roofs and gutters. In crawl spaces they can survive from condensation in poorly ventilated areas. They like living in the wood where they feed, rather than returning to soil like the subterranean Termite. As the colony matures they produce winged reproductive that leave the nest and are the most noticeable of the termites flying on a warm late Summer to Fall.
If there are proper conditions the colony can be difficult to observe, certain signs give clue to their presence. Fecal pellets can be seen scattered or pressed against the wood. Commonly found by contractors repairing or remodeling the structure.
Best have an inspection by a Pest control professional examine the home to identify and treat infested area.