Western Subterranean Termite

Western Subterranean Termite Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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Reticulitermes hesperus
How to Identify a 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 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.


Reticullitermes hesperus


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


Termites can cause structural damage to wood and wood products.

Tips & Tricks

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How To Keep Termites Away

  • Eliminate wood-to-soil contact.
  • Wood siding, stucco and foam board should be at least 6 inches from the ground.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in the foundation.
  • Keep vegetation trimmed and away from the foundation.
  • Repair leaking plumbing and other moisture sources.
  • Reduce humidity in basements, crawl spaces, etc.

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What Are Mud Tubes?

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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How to Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.
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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.
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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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