Desert Subterranean Termite

Desert subterranean termites are some of the small termite species with just the same level of destructive capability. 


How to Identify a desert Subterranean Termite

The worker caste of this species is very tiny, with a cream color, making it look a bit like an ant. The soldiers are fairly bigger than the workers and have triangular heads, while the winged/reproductive termites have the signature termite color of yellowish-brown.

Like most termites, the desert subterranean termites prefer to live in moist soils, where they build mud tubes for protection and survival. They usually have colonies as large as 300 thousand in a short time.

What do desert subterranean termites survive on

Desert subterranean termites will survive anywhere there is a food source, which typically includes wooden structures in your home, and some wooden plants or trees. 

They are commonly found in dry areas and can survive perfectly well there. This is why regions like Southern Arizona and Southeastern California are their main base

Common signs of desert Subterranean Termite Infestations

Some signs you’ll notice if you have these termites in your home include:

  • Broken wings of swarmers
  • Mud tubes
  • Hollow wood in your environment with mud tracks
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