What Does a Termite Look Like?
Termites and carpenter ants have a lot in common. At certain points they both have wings that are then discarded once they find a new place to nest. They also both have an affinity for wood – but while carpenter ants will only nest inside moist and damaged wood, termites will burrow into even healthy wood and chew it all up to a powder. That’s why, while carpenter ants are certainly a problem, they in no way measure up to the billions of dollars’ worth of damage that termites create each year.
If you can recognize termites in your home, you can treat them before they cause any more damage. So, if you see a bug, you’ll know it’s a termite if it:
- Has a segmented body with a head, thorax and abdomen
- Is sized from ¼-½”
- Is colored from off-white to dark brown
- Has wings (If it’s a swarmer)
- Is an adult with 6 legs and a straight antenna