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A small bug on a floor.I'm having trouble trying to figure out what kind of bug this is. I only find it in the night in the same spot when my dog barks at it. I'm assuming it might be termites?

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July 25, 20210 found this helpful
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Termites have a thin waist. You will see shedded wings when you have a swarm. You may also see holes with sawdust around it. You rarely see one termite.

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This photo seems to match your critter most precisely, and indeed as others have mentioned, is likely a termite. (The exact look depends on their role in the colony and age.) www.walthamservices.com/.../

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July 26, 20210 found this helpful
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Your picture it does appear to be a termite but unusual to find just one by itself.
You do not say where your dog is finding this bug but you should probably check the area for other signs of infestation as it would be very unusual for there to be only a few of these bugs.

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They hide behind walls, baseboards, wood furniture, and anything wood so check all of those areas.

There are 2 kinds of termites but you probably have the 'drywood termite' but you should keep checking until you find their nest so you may be able to take care of removing them yourself - or you may need to contact an exterminator.
www.today.com/.../how-get-rid-termites-termite-treatments...

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You're right. This is a termite. There are several types of termites: queen termite, soldier termite, worker termite and reproductive termite. In your photo, there is a worker termite.

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Termites are known as "silent destroyers" because they can completely devastate a home's flooring, roofing, foundation, and furniture. While a termite colony doesn't eat a home quickly, usually eating a cubic food of wood in a year, termite infestations can go undiscovered for years at a time, giving the termites more than enough time to damage the wood inside of your home. Some experts say the damage that termites cause worldwide costs more than fires, floods, and hurricanes combined.

The worker termite is the termite that causes the destruction in your home. They eat only cellulose - wood. This termite uses its jaws to tear pieces of wood away from your home's walls and structure, and their internal organs shred it. These termites have special enzymes inside of their body that help them to digest the cellulose of the wood.

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These are the termites that eat the wood of your home, and they will feed the rest of their colony using their partially digested meals.

The main signs of the presence of termites:
- Vein-like mud lines on your garage or foundation - shelter tubes that lead from the subterranean termite nest to the wood within your home.
- A pile of wings on a porch or windowsill that looks a bit like fish scales.
- You touch your baseboards and they give way.
- Paint is bubbling or peeling off and you see salt and pepper-like residue behind the paint.

Since termites can cause such devastation within a home, it's recommended that you do not attempt to DIY pest control treatment for these insects. Although you can try to prevent termites by diverting water away from your foundation and providing large gaps between the ground and outward facing wood, if your home already has an infestation, you will need to call a pest control expert to kill the termites. Usually, this requires some sort of fumigation.

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July 25, 20210 found this helpful

Yes, this could be a termite. Take one you've found to a hardware store and see if they can confirm it. They will also have the knowledge of what kind of treatment to rid your place of them.

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Better safe than sorry.

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