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How To Identify Termites

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How To Identify Termites

Knowing that termites cause billions of dollars’ worth of damage each year to homes and properties around the country, finding what you think might be a termite in your home can be an alarming experience.

But did you know that there are over 40 different species of termites in the United States alone? And that only a few of these species can cause a lot of damage to your home? Or that there are other insects that are easily mistaken for termites? Read on to find out how to identify termites in your home. 

What Do Termites Look Like?

Termites are typically between 1/4 and 1/2 of an inch in length. They have soft bodies with straight antennae. Different termite species come in different sizes and colors, ranging anywhere from yellow to reddish brown to creamy white to translucent. 

Different Caste Members

Termites live in eusocial colonies made up of three different castes: workers, soldiers and reproductives. Each of these castes performs different roles within the colony. 

Worker termites and nymphs (immature termites) are creamy to white colored with no wings or eyes and are the smallest in size of any member of the termite colony. Both worker and nymph termites resemble larvae. Soldiers look like worker termites in the body but typically have hard heads that are darker in color and have large jaws that help them fight off intruders. Reproductive swarmers, or alates, have wings and hard exoskeletons. They are often dark in color and can be recognized by their two sets of wings of equal length. These wings are also characteristically almost twice the size of its body.  

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