Q:

What do termite bites look like?

A:

Quick Answer

Termites do not bite humans, but some species like the Formosan termites have pincers or mandibles that they can use to pinch humans. Even with mandibles, it is still rare for termites to attack humans with them and the pinch from such termites do not cause any infections or transmit any diseases.

Know More
What do termite bites look like?
Credit: Matthew Spolin Moment Getty Images

Full Answer

Termites are similar to ants and some species of bees and wasps in that they have certain castes that are assigned a particular role in a given colony. These castes are the reproductives, the workers and the soldiers. Reproductives include the queen, which can lay between 20,000 to 30,000 eggs a day, and the king, which will continue to mate with the queen for life. The workers forage and store food, take care of the brood and are responsible for nest maintenance. Soldiers are tasked with defending the colony from predation, primarily from ants.

While termites do not pose health risks to humans, they can cause serious damage to wooden structures. They can easily eat through most types of wood, which can compromise its structural integrity and possibly result in high repair costs. Fecal pellets from termites are one of the more common signs of a termite infestation. Pest control experts should be consulted if any signs of termite presence are found in a building.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What do chigger bites look like?

    A:

    Symptoms of chigger bites do not occur until several hours after being bitten and are typically characterized by a small pustule or blister that is extremely itchy, according to MedicineNet. The itching is caused by a chigger injecting its digestive enzymes into the skin. The worst of the itching usually passes in one to two days but the bites sometimes takes as long as two weeks to heal.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do black fly bites look like?

    A:

    Purdue University states that black fly bites can leave different types of marks, from a small puncture located at the bite site to a large swelling the size of a golf ball. Reactions to black fly bites include headache, fever, nausea and swollen lymph nodes in the neck.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do earwigs bite?

    A:

    According to Orkin, earwigs do not bite humans; however, the insects possess pincers for defense. The pincers can cause pain and may pierce the skin. If an earwig pinch breaks through skin, it is important to clean the area to prevent the spread of germs.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long do chigger bites last?

    A:

    Chigger bites typically take one to three weeks to clear up, according to Healthline. During that time, small red blisters or bumps form clusters on the skin, causing itchiness and irritation. Treating the bumps with ice and anti-itch topical creams, such as calamine lotion or hydrocortisone, discourages scratching.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore