Subject: Dead flies on the floor
Geographic location of the bug: Southern California
Time: 05:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi,
I’ve been finding these flies on my kitchen floor a lot lately. They’re always either dead or dying and I’ve never seen them flying or anywhere else. Sometimes there will only be one or two and other times there will be as many as 20. I’d really like to put a stop to it but I guess the first step is to identify what they actually are. If you could help that would be great. Thanks in advance!
How you want your letter signed: David
This is not a Fly. It is a Termite alate, the winged reproductive caste, which would indicate you have a Termite colony in your home, possibly in wood that has had water damage due to a leaky pipe in the past. Based on this Natural History of Orange County page, we believe it is a Western Drywood Termite, Incisitermes minor.