Refer to our section on ants to determine the major difference between ant appearance and termite appearance.
SIGNS OF INFESTATION MAY INCLUDE:
- Mud like tunnels, usually vertical, among the foundation of the interior or exterior walls.
- Termite wings.
- "Swarmers" or flying termites appearing in the house, particularly near light sources.
SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE APPEARANCE:
- Worker: wingless, light colored, 1/8 inch long.
- Soldier: the head is elongated with mandibles.
- Supplementary Reproductives: light colored with no wings or very short.
- Primary Reproductives: most often seen, winged, and darker than the other three castes. These are also called "swarmers".
DRYWOOD TERMITE APPEARANCE:
These termites are larger (up to 1/2 inch long) than the Subterranean termite.
Their diet is wood and other cellulose material, such as paper, cardboard, etc.