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What Do Termites Look Like? How to Recognize this Pest

Termite up close

Termites are tiny insects that cause big destruction. Often mistaken for carpenter ants, they also slightly resemble flying ants when they’re in their swarming stage, but the two are easily confused with each other. Termites are usually hidden in the walls as they feast on wood, compromising your building’s structural integrity. If they do make an appearance, it’s important to be able to identify them so you can act fast. Because of this, it’s important to know what termites look like. Here’s what you need to know:

The Common Features

Termites measure 1/4″ to 1/2″ long, though kings and queens can grow to more than 1″ in length. They have soft bodies and some are winged. There are a number of other defining characteristics for termites. Some of these include:

  • Waist shape: termites have straight waists.
  • Antennae: termites have two straight antennae.
  • Legs: termites have six short, stubby legs.
  • Wings: termites have four wings that each measure the same length of their bodies.

Identifying the Various Types of Termites

  • Winged termites: the termites that are most likely to make an appearance in a home. They are black or dark brown in color.
  • Worker termites: these termites have six legs and two antennae. They are white in color and their bodies do not have wings.
  • Soldier termites: these termites have pincers near their heads, two antennae, and six legs. They are brown in color and their bodies do not have wings.

Identifying the Common Species of Termites

  • Dampwood termites: these termites flock to rotten wood, mulch, and other damp places. They are frequently found near water and enter structures through wood foundations resting in damp soil.
  • Drywood termites: these termites do not require water to survive. Curiously, they’re often found close to the coastline.
  • Formosan termites: these termites are less common than the others, but the damage they cause is severe.

Need More Info About What Termites Look Like?

At Green Pest Solutions, we’ve had years of experience dealing with every type of termite. So contact us right away if you’ve seen the signs of termites or the resemblance of one in your home or business. When it comes to termites, there’s no time to lose. So call today for a free estimate or for an emergency visit at 855-312-7157.

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