What desert termites do best is what termites do naturally in the wild. They break down dead plant material into usable nutrients that replenish depleted soil. Additionally, desert termite nesting habits can improve soil and increase water retention. Overall, desert termites benefit desert ecosystems and are considered keystone species in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Desert termite alates measure from 1/2 to 5/8 inches long, whereas subterranean termite alates are less than a 1/2 inches long. Desert termite alates’ wings and bodies are light brown, but subterranean termites have black bodies and transparent wings with veins. Desert termites swarm at sunset after a summer rain but subterranean termites swarm during the day after a rain shower from January to April.
Distinguishing between desert termites and the destructive subterranean termite species might sound challenging but it is easier than you might think. For best results, contact a pest control professional, such as Truly Nolen, to schedule a free inspection.