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  Dampwood Termite (Porotermes adamsoni)





Dampwood Termite | Porotermes adamsoni photo
Dampwood Termite

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DAMPWOOD TERMITE FACTS

Identification
Dampwood Termite soldiers have a rectangular shaped head and short toothed mandibles about one third of the head length. These termites require decayed wood to start a colony and are not a serious pest of homes, although could invade a building if there was rotting wood there in the first place.

Size
Soldier length: 10mm - 14mm

Habitat
damp decaying logs, tree stumps

Food
cellulose from wood

Breeding
Dampwood Termite build small independent nests and often attack sick or dead trees, decaying tree stumps and logs

Range
east coast of Australia from south east Queensland, along New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania

Notes
Dampwood termites are rarely found in dry timbers in buildings. They can be controlled by removing the nest from the tree or pole and treating with insecticide.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Isoptera
Family:Termopsidae
Genus:Porotermes
Species:adamsoni
Common Name:Dampwood Termite