Area of Distribution:
The Arid-Land subterranean termite is commonly found from the Pacific Coast
to Indiana, and southwards from Montana to lower California, Texas, and
Mississippi. It is by far the most common and destructive termite in Arizona.
AREAS OF HIGH RISK IN WYOMING
Green River, Laramie,
Rock Springs and Sheridan.
Identification of Swarmers
and Soldiers: In locations below 4,000 feet the Arid-land
termite swarms between January and March. Above 4,000 feet, they usually
swarm in June and July. The swarmers are about 1/3” long with wings,
and 1/5” long without wings. Their wings are almost whitish, with
brown veins in the fore area. Swarmers are dark brown to black in color.
The soldiers are 1/4” long, with jaws that are nearly straight. They
resemble the jaws of the desert termite but are slightly thicker.
and Habits: The Arid-land subterranean termite has been found
living in sand dunes, as well as at altitudes above 7,000 feet in the Rocky
Mountain states. It is also found in moist river low lands and along streams
and canyons, but essentially it is a desert or prairie species. Arid-land
subterranean termites naturally occur in deserts where they attack creosote
and greasewood bushes as well as buildings and other timber structures.