Very similar in appearance and habits to the typical subterranean termites except their activities are usually restricted to non-structural feeding on dead vegetation. The workers often create soil tubes over and around the vegetation they are feeding on. They may, however, infest wood members such as fencing, utility poles, or landscape timbers. Amitermes wheeleri is a species in the southwest states, and it has been found infesting structural wood members as well. Swarming is normally in late afternoon after a rain in the Southwest, or at dusk or even late morning in other species and regions.
Under most situations they will not require control, but if infesting wood materials of value can be controlled with soil applications of termiticides around those wood materials.