Subterranean Termite


Actual Size: 10 mm

Characteristics: Creamy white, brown, or black body with pale translucent wings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Alates/swarmers have wings.

Habitat: Has to maintain contact with damp soil to survive. Builds mud tubes to travel and live inside of.


  • Are one of the most destructive pests in the United States. 
  • Wood-destroying pests that feed on timber located next to damp soil.
  • Responsible for over $5 billion in property damage each year.

Subterranean Termites in Anaheim

Subterranean termites are found all across the United States, and unfortunately, they’re one of the most destructive pests in the nation. Here in Anaheim, the most common species are the eastern, western, and Formosan subterranean termites. All three of these species are capable of causing extensive property damage by feeding on wood. While searching for wood, subterranean termites may also damage other parts of your property such as carpet or insulation.

Subterranean Termite Habitat

Subterranean termites live up to their name; since they require damp soil to survive, they live underground. To travel from place to place, these termites construct mud tunnels that seal in moisture and protect the termites from predators. Subterranean termites primarily feed on cellulose, which is found in all sorts of plant matter – and is the main component of wood. The insects build the mud tubes to serve as a pathway from the soil to a good source of wood. Winged termites, also known as swarmers, will leave the nest for a short time in the spring to establish a new termite colony before losing their wings. If you notice swarmers on your property, you likely have an infestation nearby.

Subterranean Termite Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Nobody wants to hear they have termites, and for good reason. Despite their small size, termites are capable of causing severe property damage. Since they remain inside of soil and wood, subterranean termite infestations are very challenging to identify until the destruction is obvious. By destroying important wooden components of your home or building, they could cause structural instability and serious safety issues. It’s important to keep an eye out for signs of an infestation, such as discarded wings or mud tubes. 

Whether you suspect you have subterranean termites or you just want to ensure your property is always protected, it’s best to consult your local termite exterminator. They can pinpoint any vulnerabilities, determine the extent of your infestation, and create a custom plan to keep your space termite-free for good.