Hulett Response to Coronavirus. Read Here

GET STARTED

Asian Subterranean Termites

Active Seasons

Illustration representing the spring season
Illustration representing the summer season
Illustration representing the winter season
Illustration representing the fall season

Appearance and Size Facts

  • Asian Subterranean termite alates are caramel to brownish-yellow in color on the underside of the body, while the top side of the body is a dark brown to black coloration.
  • They have tiny hairs covering the entire body and wings, which are kept after swarming for a longer period of time than most other termites.
  • Look similar to their cousins, the Formosan Subterranean termite; however, the Formosan Subterranean termite alate has a distinct caramel coloration on the entire body that cannot be confused with a Asian Subterranean termite alate.
  • Size: Swarmers are about 1/2 inch in length, including the wings.

Behavior and Habitat of Asian Subterranean Termites

Asian termites have expansive underground colonies, surpassing the sizes of other Subterranean termite species. They also build mud carton nests in the walls of a structure. These nests may contain tens of thousands of termites and can hold enough moisture for them during dry periods.

Image of a magnifying glass

Signs of Infestation of Asian Subterranean Termites

Look out for swarms and broken off wings as signs of a mature colony. Earthen mud tubes may also be visible around baseboards, doors, windows, and other wooden items inside of the structure. On the exterior or inside of crawl spaces, look for earthen mud tubes coming up from the ground, attaching to wooden beams, concrete blocks, or pillars.

An illustration representing a warning sign for bug infestation

Tips for Prevention of Asian Subterranean Termites

Avoid water accumulation near your home's foundation by reducing humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation and diverting water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks. Never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard and make sure to eliminate wood contact with the soil. Maintain at least a 1 inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building. Terminate stucco or siding at least 3-4 inches above grade for proper inspection of termite activity. Pull mulch and other debris away from the house at least 1-2 inches for proper inspection, as well as to reduce general household pests from harboring or entering the structure. Elimination of termites from structures is best left up to professional pest management companies, such as Hulett Environmental Services.

A cropped image of a pencil

Asian Subterranean Termite Gallery

Photograph of asian subterranean termite

Latest Pest & Termite Control News

Termites 101: A South Florida Homeowners Guide

Termites 101: A South Florida Homeowners Guide

South Florida is an attractive place to call home. It's no wonder termites also love West Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Naples, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce and other South Florida neighborhoods. In fact, termites are predicted to damage over 50% of South Florida structures by 2040, according to...

Read More ›
Drywood vs Subterranean Termites

Drywood vs Subterranean Termites

Here at Hulett Environmental Services, we receive many questions regarding the different species of termites and questions about the various effective treatment methods for eradicating infestations, including "Do you tent for subterranean termites?", along with "Does tenting kill subterranean...

Read More ›
What to Know about Termite Swarming Season

What to Know about Termite Swarming Season

As the warmer and rainy months approach, South Floridians must be aware that termite swarming season is also upon us, putting homes and businesses at increased risk of becoming infested. In fact, South Florida is home to many of the cities known for having some of the most termite infestations...

Read More ›