Pictures of Termites,
Houses age and some get destroyed over time. Houses have a certain life span depending on the materials used to build it. Wood is a popular building material. It looks good and is cheaper than cement, brick, and metals. This material can be used to make virtually anything from walls, ceilings, and flooring. It has physical properties that make strong and sturdy houses. However, there is a certain problem we can encounter when using wood to build houses; termites. What are termites anyway? Let us describe pictures of termites in the following phrases to identify them appropriately so you could apply the appropriate termite control products immediately.
Sometimes, it could be misleading to identify termites because they look so similar to ants. They have similar appearances at first glance. But when you look really closely, there are big differences in how they actually look. Let’s take a peek at the pictures of termites.
What are Termites?
Termites are tiny insects which feed on wood. Their digestive systems can break down cellulose from cell walls of plants to produce energy. Their colonies follow the “caste system” allowing them to cooperate very well. They establish colonies which consist of king and queen as the leaders and main reproductive members, supported by worker termites, soldier termites, and alates.
The king and queen termites are the primary reproductive members but a colony can have secondary and tertiary reproductives which can increase their population exponentially. Soldier termites are the ones responsible for defending the colony. Soldier termites can secrete toxic substances from which they utilize to kill and drive away intruders. Worker termites do most of the work inside the colony – they transport food, make tunnels, and take care of the young termites. They also feed the king, queen, and soldiers because they can’t feed by themselves. Alates are winged reproductive termites. They are reproduced to find new locations and build a new colony.
They can cause extreme damage to wood infrastructures, they can hollow trees and the worst case, eat your house. Termites eat up to millions of dollars’ worth of houses and other buildings every year. Their species continue to grow and spread worldwide. They are mostly found in damp areas underground or in wooden structures. They’re probably there right now dwelling in your neighborhood.
What do Termites look like?
When you look at a picture of a termite you can see that they are about the size of an ant which is approximately ½ inch. They are six legged insects. Ants and termites have the same body structure but slightly different in shapes. Their body structure is composed of the head, mandible, abdomen, legs, thorax, and antennas. They can also have wings.
By looking at those termite pictures, you can easily identify that the queen termite is a bit larger than the king termite. Only these two have eyes. Soldier termites have large heads with long and sturdy mandibles. Their heads are usually darker than their bodies. Worker termites are whitish in color (creamy or milky white). They have small mandibles just enough to carry small bits of woods to their colonies.
Pictures of Termites, How Do They Differ From Ants?
You can’t easily identify their differences by just looking at the picture of a termite only. You have to compare both pictures. Though termites have different colors depending on its species, they are usually light-colored from white to orange. Ants, then again, are usually red or black in color.
Termites have bodies that are distinctly divided into two parts: abdomen and the thorax as one, and the head. While ants have three distinct body structures: head, abdomen and the thorax. Termite’s abdomen is slightly pointed while ants have round ends.
Termites don’t have eyes while ants have compound eyes. Aside from the reproductives, other termite members use scents and moisture trails to navigate around inside and outside their colonies.
Pictures of termites with wings or alates are very much different from ants with wings. There are three main differences between these two. First, termite’s antennas are straight and beaded while ant’s antennas are bent. Termite’s antenna looks like a string of beads if magnified. Second, their wings are different. Termite’s wings are equal in size while ant’s wings have unequal lengths. The wings inside are larger than the wings outside. Termite’s wings are laid straightly parallel to its body when at rest. Lastly, termite’s abdomen is straightly equal while ants have a thin portion in their bodies, their thorax.
You can detect termites by identifying their physical attributes. As you have read, termites are far more different from ants.
Now, that you can recognize how pictures of termites look like, you can identify them easily from ants. Early detection can save lots of time and money and preventing is always better than applying termite control products which would cost you a lot. It is good to know how certain things would look like to identify them appropriately, especially, when termites are getting ready to wreck your house.