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Pacific Damp Wood termites

Zootermopsis angusticollis

Description:

This is the fence which separates the wild life reserve from our neighborhood. and looks like the fence has gone wild! If you look carefully you will see a slender vertical brownish nest in the corner. Out of this came literally millions of these winged insects ,one by one. It is amazing how such a small structure can hold so many . Or maybe they were newly emerging from eggs? My neighbor who was walking by said that they were " Flying Ants" or winged termites.

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Termitoidae Termite


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6 Comments

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

Thanks Livan. According to the Link these seem to be Pacific Damp wood Termites.

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

Thank you Livan a and free lancing. I am definitely spooked!!!

LivanEscudero
LivanEscudero 9 years ago

Yes, these are termites, I can't ID further than Epifamily: Termitoidae.
The "nest" or colony will extend far more into that wooden structure that the thin visible part (tip of the iceberg). See here for different termites in your are:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/601964/bgp...

freelancing
freelancing 9 years ago

Definitely too close for comfort. I recently heard that after a house is 4-5 years old, it needs to be inspected for termites. The dying wood calls out to these things with the smell we think of as being aromatic. Just takes a couple of these to move in and go to town on your house. A friend just had this done w/ her home - she said it was under $400/yr for a monthly treatment. She did it for 3 years until the traps showed no more visitors.

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

freelancing ,this was near the open space about 6 homes away. Hope full we are spared. But like you said ,we will call pest control and i will also warn the other neighbors.Thanks for your concern!!

freelancing
freelancing 9 years ago

Termites are highly destructive to homes. Millions of them eat away bit by bit - you need to call pest control so they can set termite traps around your home to monitor success of terminating them. Do not delay.

Hema
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Hema

Tulare, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 15, 2012
Submitted on Apr 15, 2012

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