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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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Subject: unidentified bugs
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
November 22, 2016 2:04 pm
Hi, I thought I know common household pests, but this one baffled me. There a thousands of them around inside and outside, and I think it’s mating season for them. I’m in southern California and we just had more than in one day than I can remember. The yard is still damp from it and it’s covered with these little buggers. Please help.
Thank you.
Signature: AO

Termites

Termites

Dear AO,
These are Termites.  Termites frequently swarm on a sunny day after a rain.  We observed Termites swarming in Mount Washington the same day you saw them in Beverly Hills.

Thank you so much for your quick reply. I thought swarming termite had wings. These just crawl around. Happy thanksgiving.
A

Hi again AO,
Swarming Termites do have wings which the shed after mating.  If you have been seeing so many Termites, there should also be piles of wings nearby.

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Subject: Flying four legged insect
Location: Bay area
October 15, 2016 10:32 am
It’s fall in Northern California. A storm just ended, and these bugs started popping up all along the neighborhood. Ideas?
Signature: Geoffrey Zhang

Termite Alate

Termite Alate

Dear Geoffrey,
Termite Alates, the reproductive males and females, frequently swarm after rains.  Because we must be away from the office for several days, we are post-dating your submission to go live later in the week while we are traveling.

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Subject: Reddish bug
Location: Los Angeles (in the hills)
October 10, 2016 11:47 am
hi Bugman,
The backstory is that we went camping in the Santa Monica Mountains (Los Angela’s area) a few weeks ago and after dark cockroaches were all over the campsite. They were about an inch long, reddish-brown and most certainly roaches. I put the food in the car and thought everything was okay. When we got home I found a cockroach sealed in a freezer ziplock of marshmallows that I had put back in the pantry!! Today (about 17 days later) I found this in my pantry. Is it a young cockroach? If so, what do I do?
Signature: Sad Camper Margo

Termite

Termite

Dear Sad Camper Margo,
This looks to us like a Termite, similar to this image on BugGuide.  Termites and Cockroaches are actually classified together in the insect order Blattodea.

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Subject: What bug is this
Location: South west florida
May 30, 2016 8:29 am
We just moved into a vacation home for the summer while our house is being fixed and in the master bedroom up stairs we found these on the window ledge and on the bed
Can you tell me what these are
Signature: Seth

Termite Wings

Termite Wings

Dear Seth,
You have submitted excellent documentation of a Termite Swarm.  When conditions are right, virgin Alates, the reproductive caste in a Termite colony, take to the air and swarm.  They mate, shed their wings and start new colonies.  The shed wings are definitely Termite Wings and the two insects are Termite Alates that have shed their wings.  We feel confident that your summer home is infested with Termites.

Termite Alates after shedding wings

Termite Alates after shedding wings

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Subject: Just moved into apartment
Location: Houston area
May 13, 2016 9:33 pm
I found these things crawing in my kitchen..and a few in the bathroom..they seem to maybe be more active at night..and they dony run fast
Signature: Thank you very much, Mike

Termite

Termite

Dear Mike,
You have Termites.

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