A serious pest of timber throughout its range. Coaton & Sheasby (1973) report a number of large scale infestations in habitations and wooden structures outside of houses. Also attacks young date palms, trunks of growing vines, the stems of standing dry maize plants, and dry stalks of millet.

In Egypt Psammotermes is and was historically a serious pest: for example, the Pharaohs imported termite-resistant wood for their mummy cases (Harris, 1970).


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