Western Subterranean Termite Alate

Category: Termite

Scientific Name: Reticulitermes hesperus Banks



Color: Dark brown to black

Size: Body is 3/8 long (9mm), including the wings

Region: Found in the United States and throughout the world

Important Considerations:

  • They eat mostly springwood
  • They swarm in the daytime
  • The estimated foraging area for this termite is 82-3,000 sq ft

Where to Find Them on Your Property?

Colonies are usually located in the ground. They can enter your house or structures less than 1/16 wide. However, if there is a constant source of moisture available, like leaky pipes, these termites can exist above the ground and without ground contact.