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Question DetailsAsked on 5/23/2013

How do I identify termite larvae?

I think I have termites behind an upper kitchen cabinet. There are now white creatures on my counter top under this upper cabinet. They are flailing about and not really crawling. I have not yet observed to see where they are coming from. I want to know if they might be the termites,

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Here is a web link of pictures from Purdue Unversity - you can also google "termite larva images" -

Another possibility, though you probably hate to think of it, is some animal died up there and maggots are falling out of the dead carcass. If that is the case, you would probably be smelling the dead animal by now.

Sounds like time to call an exterminator PRONTO, before they spread too far - search the list for contractors and review under the Home category, Pest Control subcategory.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


It doesn't sound like termites to me, but take a look at this blog post about termite identification so you can view legit photos of all stages of subterranean termites and compare to what you have wiggling on your counter.

What region do you live in? That would help me figure out what type of pest you might be dealing with a bit better. Subterranean termites are quite common in the Midwest where I am, but if you're in the south or out west, there are species of termites that could very well match your description.

Have you seen any fruit fly type bugs in your kitchen at all? Do you have a garbage disposal that maybe hasn't been cleaned out in awhile? Perhaps some food spillage or crumbs in the cabinets? It's more likely that these are maggots or larvae for a food related pest.

No matter what it is, I highly recommend doing a thorough cleaning to your cabinets, under your stove, between the countertop and the fridge, etc. Stored product pests make their way in and will attack anything from spices to cake mixes or cereal, grains, and rice. They can thrive on crumbs that could be under the stove too. It doesn't take much. If it's gnat or fruit fly larvae, they could be originating from grime in pipes or organic materials. I'd just put your detective skills to work and look through all of your pantry items and see if you can find a source from where these creepy crawlies are coming from. If you can trace it back to a source, you'll find a solution.If you're still stumped, I'd definitely contact a professional to inspect and properly identify the exact insect you've got in your kitchen. :)

Hope this helps!


Source: Rose Pest Solutions-Chicago

Answered 6 years ago by Janelle

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