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    Default Is this a termite?

    Saw this at an inspection today. It looks sort of like a termite but I'm not sure. The picture sucks but it is about 1/4 inch long.
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    Default Re: Is this a termite?

    Around here, termites a generally white. 3/16 to maybe a 1/4 inch.
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    Default Re: Is this a termite?

    Quote Originally Posted by Benjamin Thompson View Post
    Saw this at an inspection today. It looks sort of like a termite but I'm not sure. The picture sucks but it is about 1/4 inch long.
    termite.jpg
    No this is not a termite.

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    Default Re: Is this a termite?

    Looks like an earwig, assuming that is just 1 bug in the photo.


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    Default Re: Is this a termite?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom D'Agostino View Post
    Looks like an earwig, assuming that is just 1 bug in the photo.
    It had a kind of forked tail but no tail pincers.


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    Default Re: Is this a termite?

    Looks like an earwig to me also


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    Default Re: Is this a termite?

    its hard to tell from the photo, but i would say its an earwig based on pinchers. It could be a swarmer termite without the alates (wings) these are usually black in color at least in my part of Texas. did you see any clear wings laying around? no. then: Did it have pinchers in the rear for sure? if so, then 100% its an earwig.


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    Default Re: Is this a termite?

    No, these are termites.

    When they've been flying, they're brown but they don't have tails.

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    Default Re: Is this a termite?

    Quote Originally Posted by Benjamin Thompson View Post
    It had a kind of forked tail but no tail pincers.
    Male Earwigs have curved pincers, females have smaller, straight pincers that could be described as "a kind of forked tail."


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    Default Re: Is this a termite?

    Earwig very common in my region


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    Default Re: Is this a termite?

    Termites.have a Head and Body ( basically 2 parts.)
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    An Ant Has A Head , Round middle section and lower body ( three Parts. )
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