The Western Subterranean Termite, Reticultermes hesperus, is the most
common termite in the western Untied States.
It is also known for being the most destructive. These insects are infamous for the damage
they cause to building timber, causing billions of dollars in home damages each
year. These termites are capable of
building massive subterranean colonies.
Swarms like the one seen at Effie Yeaw today are more typical during the
spring; however warm temperatures following a rainfall can sometimes trigger a day-time
swarm in the fall and winter. During a
swarm flying termites find mates with the termites of other swarming nests to
establish new colonies.