Can Termites Bite Humans?


Termite Control

If you’ve never had to deal with termites before and are worried that a pest in your home is biting you, your first thought might be if they are biting you. Your next thought probably is, can termites bite humans? For the answer we asked the experts at Scott’s Turf and Pest Services, pest control in Durham, North Carolina for their insight.


Soldier termites are members of the colony that have the mission of protecting their queen and fellow termites. While most termites will not bite, these kinds are the exception to that rule. Soldier termites have a larger head and bigger jaws than the rest of the colony, which makes it easier for them to bite in the event you cross paths with one. If you get a bite, it will probably resemble a mosquito bite in size, itchiness, and redness. There have been no incidents of termites spreading disease, so a simple hydrocortisone cream should do the trick for treating a bite should one occur.

Do termites bite pets?

If your dog or cat enjoys spending time outside, there’s really no need to worry about protecting them against termite bites. Since these insects mainly hide out in dark and damp places, it’s highly unlikely that your pet will come into any kind of contact with them. Should they get a bite, just keep an eye out that they don’t aggravate the area with excessive itching.

Can Termites Fly?

When most people think of a termite, they think of crawling wood-destroying insects but, there are different termite varieties including those that can fly. If you spot a winged pest you’ve never spotted before, you may not realize that it’s actually a termite. Many people are surprised to find that termites with wings do exist and can cause extensive damage with little to no obvious signs.

What Is A Flying Termite?

A flying termite, also known as a winged termite, has two pairs of equal-length wings. Their wings have a white, almost translucent color and a veiny appearance.

What Do Flying Termites Look Like?

flying termites have two white wings and two slightly curved antennae, often getting them confused with flying ants. Here’s what to look for when identifying a termite:

  • Flying termites are between 1/4 and 3/8 of an inch long
  • Colors vary from light, dark brown, or black
  • Flying termites don’t have eyes and their wings are about twice the length of their bodies.

How will I know if I have termites?

If you come across hollow-sounding wood, stuck doors or windows, mud tubes along your baseboards, a quiet clicking from within the walls, or droppings that resemble small wood pellets.

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At Scott's Turf and Pest Services, our technicians are trained in the most effective pest control and removal methods to help you regain control of your home.

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