Arid Land Subterranean Termites
Identifying Arid-Land Termites
These termites look a lot like other subterranean termites. They have three castes (swarmers, workers, and soldiers), each of which differs in appearance slightly. Adult swarmers are a dark brown to black color with nearly clear wings. Soldiers have visible mandibles, and workers resemble light-colored ants.
Arid-Land Termite Habits
Arid-land termites prefer to feed on types of greasewood and creosote. When those are not available, they will attack buildings and properties. Signs of an infestation include seeing the swarming termites, spotting piles of discarded wings, noticing mud tubes, or finding evidence of hollowed-out wood. Just like any subterranean termite, arid-land termites need contact with soil in order to survive.
Preventing Arid-Land Termites
Termite infestations are notoriously hard to catch in the early stages. Termite damage can go unnoticed for quite a long time because they work inside of walls. The best prevention against subterranean termites is making sure that they cannot enter a home. Cracks at ground level where their tunnels can access a structure must be sealed shut. A licensed pest control professional may also be called in order to check a home and ensure that it is adequately termite-proofed. In the event of an infestation, a professional can also treat the area.
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