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Subject:  Unidentified bug Los Angeles
Geographic location of the bug:  Inside home Los Angeles CA
Date: 09/29/2017
Time: 02:32 PM EDT
I cant seem to identify this bug.  I saw  crawling on my couch
How you want your letter signed:  Kat

Termite

Dear Kat,
This is a Termite, probably an alate that has lost its wings.

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Subject: Bug Identification
Location: Charleston, SC
April 30, 2017 9:50 pm
We recently encountered these bugs inside our new build house. There have been several recently seen inside our house 5 months after moving in and we want to make sure they aren’t termites. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.
Signature: N/A

Termite

This is a Termite.  Just because the house was built recently, does not mean that it would be Termite free.  You have no idea how long wood was stored or in what condition the house existed during construction.

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Subject: Looks like an Ant???
Location: Deatsville, Alabama
April 28, 2017 1:24 pm
Found these crawling around on tile by our sliding glass door. I looked at them under a jewelers loupe. The antennae appear “beaded” and it looks like one of them may have had wings. They kind of look like ants but they kind of don’t. We tried googling what these were but came up empty. My husband picked them up with a piece of scotch tape. Both pictures are the “same” but one you can see a little more clearly. I hope you can help.
Signature: Sandy

Termites

Dear Sandy,
You did not indicate if this was an indoor or an outdoor sighting.  If they were found on the tile inside the house, you might want to consult with an expert since these are Termites.  Termites often make themselves known when they swarm, and an indoor swarm will cause attention.  Swarming Termites are reproductive alates, winged fertile males and females that mate and shed their wings when starting a new colony.

Hi Daniel,
The insects were actually found inside the house right by my sliding glass door. We have not found any more beyond the few we collected and submitted to you for identification. I’m thinking they probably got in the house when I opened the door. Since you said they were termites we are being very careful when we go in and out to not allow any more into the house and if they do get in they will be disposed of immediately.
Thank you for answering what that bug was!!
Sandy

Hi Again Sandy,
If they were found indoors, our suspicion is that they originated indoors.  It is possible you have a Termite “situation” and that they swarmed indoors, seeking the light of the doorway as a possible egress.

Hi Daniel
I will call our pest control company on Monday and !et them know and ask them to come out and check our house. We get annual inspection but they don’t/won’t treat around our house. Maybe now that we have seen termites inside they will finally come treat!
Thanks again
Sandy

Hi Sandy,
If you just rent, you might want to sit tight because it will probably be years before there is any significant damage.

Hi Daniel,
We actually own our home. We use a company our builder used when the house was built. The concrete slab was treated before the house was framed, and I believe the soil was trenched once the construction was completed. The company is Arrow Pest Control. That company may be local to Alabama, I am not sure. I have asked them to come retreat/trench around the house since we built the house 17 years ago but they say they only come to inspect the house once a year, they won’t retreat. I will call them on monday and ask them to treat and if I can’t get them to come, well, they aren’t the only folks in town who run  a pest control service ;).
Thanks again for your insight and help, I truly appreciate it!
Sandy

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Subject: Bug in toilet??
Location: Toilet in Louisiana
April 13, 2017 8:45 pm
Hello please help me identify this bug that was in my toilet bowl! Thank you!!!
Signature: Sakura

Termite

Dear Sakura,
This looks to us like a Termite.

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Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Shelby County, Al
March 30, 2017 8:08 pm
These bugs were crawling all over over the back deck this morning.
Signature: Julie K

Termites

Dear Julie,
We are sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but you have Termites.

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Subject: Tiny winged worm
Location: South Africa, Eastern Cape
December 17, 2016 11:17 pm
Can you perhaps tell me what this insect is? I live in South Africa and on summer evenings, I find a large amount on my bedroom curtains particularly after a very hot humid day. They seem to have wings that fall off and the “wormlike” insect is left behind.
They are very small, not more than 5mm in length.
Signature: Sharon

Termite Alate

Termite Alate

Dear Sharon,
This is a Termite Alate that has shed its wings.  Alates are the reproductive males and females that swarm when weather conditions are ideal.  After mating, they shed their wings and search for a place to begin a new Termite colony.

thanks so much
Should I be alarmed…I find them in my home?
Kind Regards
Sharon Welman

Hi again Sharon,
If you find them often in your home, you may have a colony existing somewhere in old rotting beams or panels in your home.  It is also possible they are being attracted from the outside by lights.  If you are really concerned, we would recommend a professional inspection.

Thanks so much Daniel
Our homes here are made mainly of brick but there are wooden rafters in the roof.  I will have someone check it out.

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