Western Subterranean Termite

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Reticullitermes hesperus

How to Identify an 

Western Subterranean Termite

Winged termites are called swarmers that are 3/8 of an inch long with a dark body and legs. These winged termites differ from winged ants in that termites have equal-length front and back wings, bead-like antennae and a broad connection between the middle and rear of the body.

Termites without wings are called workers and soldiers. Workers are 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch long and are a pale cream color. Soldiers are similar to workers, but soldiers have a large head ad mouthparts.

Where do they come from?

Termites prefer to nest in moist wood in contact with the soil. They use mud tubes to cross masonry or other surfaces. When indoors, termites can be found anywhere wood products and moisture exist.

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What do they look like?

Solider termites have a large head and mouthparts, like this one
Termite wings are of equal length which helps differentiate them from any ants with wings
Worker termites are pale cream color
Termite damage
Termite damage
Termites create mud tunnels that look like this

Where do they live?


Reticullitermes hesperus



Wood or wood by-products such as drywall, paper-based ceiling tiles

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