Termites / Wood Destroying Insects

Termites / Wood Destroying Insects

Carpenter Ant

Appearance
carpenter ant

Among the largest of ants, 1/4- to 3/8-inch long. Color varies depending on species, from red to black or a combination. The most common species is black.

Powderpost Beetle

Appearance
powderpost beetle

Reddish brown, with long, narrow, flat bodies; 1/8- to 1/4-inch.

Old House Borers

Appearance
Old House Borer

Long, thin antennae that are often as long (or longer) than the body of the beetle; 5/8- to 1-inch in length. The beetle's body has a slightly flattened appearance, and its color may appear dark gray, but is usually brownish black to black. It is not often that a homeowner or pest control operator actually finds adult old house borers in a structure; the sound of the larvae feeding, exit holes and frass are the signs that usually point to an infestation. 

Subterranean Termite

Appearance
subterranean termite

While all termites have long narrow bodies, they vary greatly in appearance depending on the termite's role in the colony. Subterranean termite workers are pale cream-colored and 1/8-inch long; soldiers have elongated heads with pincer-like mandibles; and primary reproductives (commonly called "swarmers" and the termites most often seen in the open) are dark brown or black and 1 inch long, with large whitish wings.

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