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Subject: little sand towers
Location: Walnut Creek CA open space.
April 8, 2016 2:06 pm
Dear Bugman
On my walk in the open space this morning I came across a small forest of little towers apparently constructed of glued-together sand grains and about 1 to 1 1/2 or even 2 inches tall. The towers are hollow and seem to be filled with translucent presumably juvenile insects of some sort. I’m very curious to know what these critters are.
Signature: Dirk Muehlner

Subterranean Termite Towers

Subterranean Termite Towers

Dear Dirk,
Most people only associate Termites with the notion of them being pest insects that devour homes, but they have lost sight of the fact that Termites are very important in breaking down organic matter, especially wood fibers, so that it can be incorporated into fertile ground.  These are the towers of Subterranean Termites in the family Rhinotermitidae, and BugGuide has some very similar looking images.  According to BugGuide, they “Nest in soil” and “many members of this family are significant economic pests” as they will eat wood that comes into contact with the soil.  Your images are a wonderful addition to our archives.  Due to the numerous towers in a single location, we suspect there may be rotting wood beneath the surface, perhaps the roots of a large dead tree.

Subterranean Termite Tower

Subterranean Termite Tower

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites

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Subject: ID please?
Location: Bay Area Califirnia USA
April 5, 2016 5:41 pm
Hello
I wonder if you can positively ID this borer for me?
There are small holes in an oak tread and a piece of pine (I believe) trim base moulding connected to it: the first indication was a pile of (what looked like) wood particles on the tread below.
I removed the trim and sprayed the holes on the inside face of it and put it in my garage – when I inspected an few hours later, the larvae in the image were on the floor, close to the trim piece – I have to assume they crawled out of the piece.
Please find attached image – by my guess, I think they might be California Wood Boring Beetle Larvae? They are only a few mm long (by estimate)
Your advice is greatly appreciated!
Signature: DEcosse

Termites

Termites

Dear DEcosse,
These are definitely Termites and the wood particles you described are known as Termite Pellets.

Thank you for your extremely prompt response – it is most appreciated!
That is not such good news of course!
I had continued to do some research and although I wasn’t sure those were termites, the Frass definitely looked like a picture I saw
I should have of course taken an image of the frass before it was cleaned up.
Regards
Ken Scott

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Subject: Swarm of flying bugs
Location: Florida panhandle
March 11, 2016 9:09 am
I found this swarm of bugs outside my house and am wondering what they are and if I should be alarmed?
Signature: Josh

Swarm of Termites

Swarm of Termites

Dear Josh,
This is a swarm of Termites.  Perhaps there is rotting wood under the ivy.

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Subject: What insect creates this hive?
Location: Ghana, West Africa
January 13, 2016 10:32 pm
I live in Ghana, West Africa. A bug i cant identify creates this at a particular spot in my home. It takes the bug about twelve hours to create this tube-like hive.When I remove it I find tiny little white insects.Their sizes, about a third of a maggot and too small and white to get a clear photo.
The dark part of the wall is only a stain from smoke . Thanks
Signature: AOA

Termite Evidence

Termite Evidence

Dear AOA,
We believe this is evidence of Termites.

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Subject: What’s this? Termite pellets or silverfish poop?
Location: Celing light hole
January 7, 2016 4:50 pm
I found these seed like things while I installed a new celing light. They dropped off the floor everywhere.. I collected a sample on the tape. Have our termite severe guy came to check it out, I was told they are not termite pellets, the inspector saids that they look like silverfish poop… I have no idea about how silverfish poop looks like.. Can anyone take a look at the picture and see if it’s not termite pellets?
Signature: Email

Termite Pellets

Termite Pellets

WE believe these are Termite Pellets, similar to what is illustrated on Termites.Com.

Termite Pellets

Termite Pellets

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Subject: What are these little guys?
Location: Austin, TX
May 9, 2015 11:38 am
Hi Bugman,
We found this “nest” high up in our bathroom attached to a wall. Underneath it in the bath tub were a bunch of dead little worm looking things. We cleaned it up and wiped it down last night before going to sleep, but could not get a tiny amount of the black stuff off the wall. Sure enough, over night, the “nest” grew back to it’s prior size and once again the bathtub was full of the bugs. What is this and how should we get rid of it? Thanks!
Signature: Kate

Evidence of Termites

Evidence of Termites

Dear Kate,
You have Termites.  See this image on All Experts which resembles your “nest”.
  Here is another similar looking image from BugGuide.

Termites

Termites

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