Anatomy of a Termite

Termites are one of homeowners and business owners’ worst nightmares. Not only are they bugs (which, let’s face it, not many of us like or enjoy), but there are thousands of them causing damage to your home or office building nonstop. There are so many of them that it can be overwhelming to think about how to get rid of them once and for all.

Arizona Termite Specialists in Scottsdale believes in helping residential and commercial customers with their termite infestation. We’ve been providing termite control for over 20 years. We’ve inspected over 10,000 homes and businesses, and we believe we have what it takes to get rid of your termite problem once and for all. With our termite control solutions, we can have these nasty little creatures gone in a jiffy. Below, we’ll go over in brief the body parts of a termite so you can better identify them when you see them. Call us today for a termite inspection!


Like all insects, termites have three body parts: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen. However, unlike other insects, termites look different. Termites have a very uniform, straight waist, or thorax, compared to other insects. On their head, they have straight antennae; ants’ are bent. Termites have relatively large and straight abdomens compared to other insects as well as large heads. However, the workers and the soldier termites are largely blind. After all, they do live underground for most of their lives.

When you see termites, it’s usually when they are swarming. Swarming termites are reproductive males and females who are looking to start a new colony. They have wings at this stage, and both wings are the same size. This makes them different from ants. Oftentimes, you may find a bunch of wings lying around. This is because once termites find a mate, they shed their wings because they will no longer be needed. In fact, the male and female (now the king and queen) will never see the light of day again.

What makes termites so hard to identify as well is the fact that they are incredibly small. They range in size from only ⅛ of an inch to one inch in length. Thus, at a quick glance, they look like any other insect, especially ants. However, by looking at termites closely, you can distinguish them from ants.


It’s hard to fault an insect that evolution has made so perfect for its job. These insects are beyond successful — you have to be to survive for thousands of years virtually unchanged. While termites appear very simple in nature, they have a very complex social society that is communicated mainly through movement and pheromones emitted by the queen and sometimes by the king.

Arizona Termite Specialists have dedicated our lives to helping you with termite control solutions in the Scottsdale area. We also serve Phoenix, Apache Junction, Cave Creek, Mesa, Gilbert, and more. Reach out to us today for a termite inspection!

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