When it comes to subterranean termites, out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind. What do you need to know about this pervasive New Mexico pest? Let our experienced Action Pest Control team fill you in on subterranean termite behavior.
Subterranean Termite Species in New Mexico
The arid land subterranean termite is the most common species in New Mexico. While this is the least destructive species of termite native to the United States, don’t be fooled into believing they’re harmless. Arid land subterranean are quite harmful to sheetrock and walls that are damp from leaks.
Far more destructive are eastern subterranean termites. Although they are less populous than arid land subterranean, eastern subterranean can be found in eastern New Mexico and Albuquerque.
Termite Colonies and Swarms
Like other social insects such as bees and ants, subterranean termites have developed a well-defined caste system. The colony is headed up by the queen, while soldiers build the nest and workers gather food and “groom” other colony members.
Alates, also known as swarmers, handle reproductive and expansion duties. Once a colony has reached a certain size, alates swarm from the original nest to pair up. The male and female duos then seek out locations for nests where they can mate and build new colonies.
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