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Western Subterranean Termite Identification and Control in Utah

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

RETICULITERMES HESPERUS
RETICULITERMES HESPERUS

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.

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 am I dealing with
What am I dealing with

Winged termites (swarmers) and winged ants (alates) can be easily confused. One simple difference is the wing size. Termite swarmer wings are all the same size, while ant alate wings are two different sizes.

Name:

Reticullitermes hesperus

Diet:

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

Impact:

Termites can cause structural damage to wood and wood products.

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How To Keep Termites Away
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  • Eliminate wood-to-soil contact.

  • Wood siding, stucco and foam board should be at least 6 inches from the ground.

  • Keep vegetation trimmed and away from the foundation.

  • Repair leaking plumbing and other moisture sources.

  • Reduce humidity in basements, crawl spaces, etc.

  • Eliminate wood-to-soil contact.

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What Are Mud Tubes?
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Mud tubes are a good sign to indicate a termite infestation. Mud tubes are pencil-sized tunnels located around termite nests, wood structures and concrete foundations. This tube is made out of small pieces of soil and wood. Termites make these mud tubes to help protect them from predators and dry environments while traveling between a food source or nest.

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