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I came home  yesterday afternoon & found these black tube like bugs in my home.
They are black 6 legs, antennas, some had clear wings others did not.

Hi Patty,

Thank you for the good photograph. I am sorry to tell you that those are termites. As you may already know, termites eat wood and can damage walls, window ledges, furniture, hardwood floors, etc. If you only have a few and can get them out of your house quickly, then you might be OK. If you see more than a few, then you will need to call an exterminator as soon as possible to minimize damage.

Good luck and thanks for the question.


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Jessica Mellinger


I can answer questions about invertebrates native to California, including insects commonly found in homes. If you have an identification request, please attach a photo to your question.


I was involved in collection and identification of invertebrates for the United States Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division for six years. Also, I provided these same services intermittently for the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment for many years. I have been a member of since 2009.

Department of the Interior: United States Geological Survey, Davis Field Station; University of California, Davis Aggie Alumni Association; UC Davis Center for Neuroscience; U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs

I have two B.A.'s from the University of California, Davis and two Associate's degrees from Sacramento City College.

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Special Thanks for Achieving Results award from the Department of the Interior

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