The subterranean termite can be one of three casts, reproductive, worker, or a soldiers. The reproductive (Swarmer) is the most common seen by the public. It is approx. 3/8” in length, black in color. They have 4 wings, that are clear, and of equal length.
Termites, Carpenter Ants, Carpenter Bees
The dampwood termite has three casts reproductive’s (swarmers), workers, and soldiers. The swarmers are larger than subterranean termites approx. I inch in length and have two sets of clear equal wings. The swarmers are the most common cast seen. These termites are also identified by their fecal pellets that pile up on the floor, window sills, or under eaves.
The Formosan termite has the same three casts, reproductive (swarmer), worker, & soldier. They are approx. ½” in length, they are longer than the subterranean termite. They are pale yellow to a brownish yellow in color. They have wings are hairy and of the same length.
Is one of the largest ants found in the Bryan/College Station area. The carpenter ant may be solid black, reddish brown and black, brown or all red in color. They range in size from 1/8” to ½” in length. They have one node, a circle of tiny hairs around the tip of their abdomen, and their thorax is evenly rounded when seen from the side.
Carpenter bees are large ½” to 1 inch in length. They have a bare shiny black abdomen. The male can be identified by a yellow spot in on the back of its head. Only the female can sting.