Wheeler's termites do not cause structural damage to homes
Both Wheeler's (Amitermes wheeleri) and the tube-building termite (Gnathamitermes perplexus) are thought to be "true" desert termites, because they attack a wide variety of desert plants and materials such as fences, dead grass, or weeds. They construct wide plaster-like earthen tubes on palm trees or wooden structures where they feed by scraping dead wood off the exterior.
The homeowner may find these tubes or plates unsightly, but Wheeler's termites do not cause structural damage to homes. Winged reproductives of both species swarm in the summer following rain showers.
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