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Subject: Bug identification
Location: Suffolk, VA
April 7, 2015 1:22 pm
We get these bugs every spring for a few days. They seem to come from under refrigerator and make their way to back door. What are they?
Signature: Dee

Swarming Termite Alates

Swarming Termite Alates

Dear Dee,
Are you a homeowner?  You have Termites, and by your description, we imagine you have a very healthy colony feeding on your home.  These are swarming Termite alates, the reproductive males and females, and once they mate, they will begin a new colony, perhaps in another part of your home.  You should probably seek professional assistance.

Thank you for responding.  Will have to have someone come out.  Would we be seeing little black ones without wings?

Worker and Soldier Termites are generally white and blind and they generally don’t leave the nest.

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Subject: Eggs identification
Location: Southern California
March 6, 2015 11:06 am
Just found these eggs coming out of a hole in my couch. Any idea what this is???
Signature: Jennifer Palumbo

Termite Pellets

Termite Pellets

Dear Jennifer,
We don’t believe these are eggs.  We believe they are Drywood Termite Pellets, the name used for the fecal droppings.  According to the Clemson University site:  “Drywood termite colonies are sometimes noticed when their droppings or fecal pellets are found around the infested site. These termites make small, temporary openings, “kick-out” holes, from which they push out fecal material. The holes are later resealed. Fecal pellets are about 1/16″ long. They may be black, cream colored or a combination, giving them a “salt and pepper” appearance. Fecal pellets are often found in piles like tiny stones. Each tiny pellet has six dented sides but this can only be seen using a magnifying lens.”
  The Termites are probably feeding on the wooden frame of the couch.

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Subject: Identification of termites
Location: Benin West of Africa
February 7, 2015 10:54 am
Please i need your help to identify four (4 ) termites that i collected from different Geographical site in the country Benin (West Africa).
I collected them for a scientific research and i need to identify them to discuss my result.
I thank you in advance and i look forward to have any feed-back.
Signature: Best regards, Dima

Soldier Termites

Soldier Termites

Dear Dima,
We are posting your images of Soldier Termites, and we will attempt some research.  Perhaps one of our readers will write in with a comment, and it is not unusual for us to get an identification many years after posting images, so we would advise you to comment on the posting so anyone writing in can reach you more directly.

Soldier Termites

Soldier Termites

Soldier Termites

Soldier Termites

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Subject: Mud Nest – Australia
Location: Hawkesbury region, NSW, Australia
December 30, 2014 2:29 pm
Hey Bugman,
Thought you might like to see this nest I came across the other day on my property in Hawkesbury, NSW, Australia.
Clearly some kind of mud-wasp, we get a lot around here, although I have never seen a nest this size (only single ones). The funnel entry/exit points are a work of art.
Didn’t see the inhabitants, and quite happy about that actually, but isn’t it beautiful?
Any idea on the actual identity of the builders?
Signature: Tracy

Termite Nest we believe

Termite Nest we believe

Dear Tracy,
We do not believe this is a Wasp Nest.  Instead, we are leaning toward a Termite Nest.  There are some images on the Brisbane Insect website of Termite Nests in the genus
Microcerotermes, and the site states:  “Those large mud nests on trees as shown in photos are common in Brisbane Eucalypt forest. They the the termite nests. They are usually 3-4 meters above ground. These termites have mud tunnels to connect to the ground near the base of the tree. They also have a networks of tunnels underground. It is interesting to note that these termites seldom do any damage to the tree. The termites may have a little chewing around the nest on bark but for the most part the trees are fine. On the tree trunk there are only a few mud tunnels.”  An image on the Ian King Pest Control site looks even more like your images.

Possibly Termite Nest

Possibly Termite Nest

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Subject: bug found on patio chair
Location: Pasadena, CA
August 27, 2014 6:14 pm
Hi,
We found this bug on a chair on our patio (there were several) on August 27, in Pasadena, California.
Signature: curious

Termite

Termite

This sure looks like a termite to us.

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Subject: Found a bunch of these guys under my sink
Location: San Ramon, CA
April 11, 2014 11:55 am
I live east of Berkeley California and have been finding these winged bugs around my hallroom bathroom. Are they flying termites?
Thanks for any help you can provide!
Signature: Andy

Termite Alate

Termite Alate

Dear Andy,
You have an image of a winged Termite Alate as well as Termite Damage.  You should get some professional assistance.  A leaky pipe may have played a part in your infestation.

Termite Damage

Termite Damage

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