Is this a termite?
April 1, 2010
These bugs are less than a quater inch and seem to be eating wood in our garden. We need to know if we need to be concerned about them getting into the house and eating wood. They are under rocks.
North Central Texas (DFW)
You are correct. This is a Termite, more specifically, one of the caste of Soldiers whose job it is to defend the colony against attack. Termites perform a very necessary function of breaking down wood so that it can be converted to rich humus, providing necessary organic matter which results in more fertile soil. There are many species of Termites, and the ones that are breaking down wood in the garden are generally not the same species that do damage in homes.
OK, thanks for the info.
I’ve only seen these soldiers and not the others. Are the others underground or do they have a mound somewhere?
They are probably underground.