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Expert ID BB or flea? [a: de-alate termite reproductive]

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  1. Scaredtodeath6324

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    Is this a bed bug or a flea? PLEASE HELP! Im hoping its a beetle ot something. It looks kinda like a bed bug but kinda like a flea just darker colored. Any input will help. Thank you.

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    not a bed bug

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    Do you think it could be a flea?

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    Scaredtodeath6324 - 12 hours ago  » 
    Is this a bed bug or a flea? PLEASE HELP! Im hoping its a beetle ot something. It looks kinda like a bed bug but kinda like a flea just darker colored. Any input will help. Thank you.

    It looks nothing like a bed bug. Nothing like a flea. It looks like an de-alate termite reproductive. Termites produce this caste of flying individuals. They usually fly after a rain. Males and females from nearby colonies or same one will come back after flight and mating occurs. Wings are broken off and that's what you see here.

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    Thank you loubugs for the ID. Is this an indication that I have a termite issue.

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    Thank you too F. Pazos

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    Should I be concerned that I have termites? Or could these have stray into my home due to weather or the fact that there are new homes being built nearby?

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    Scaredtodeath6324 - 1 hour ago  » 
    Should I be concerned that I have termites? Or could these have stray into my home due to weather or the fact that there are new homes being built nearby?

    It's difficult to say exactly. You should inspect and see if any termite tubing is around. You could get a termite specialist in to do a thorough inspection. Also look around to see if you find any additional alates, workers, soldiers. The reproductive alates are dark and initially with 4 wings.

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    I only found these along the baseboard at the front door and both were dead. Other than that no other signs so far. I will continue to look. My home was built last year, so i am still under termite warranty. I have also saved the bugs just incase. Thank you so much. Is it possible to have one or two stray in when you live in a new neighborhood?


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