It’s no secret; termites pack a serious bite.

These tiny creatures chew through millions of dollars every year, frustrating homeowners everywhere. We all know the love wood, but do they bite people?

To answer this question, you need to understand how termite colonies are structured.

There are three different castes: worker, soldier and reproductive.

Soldier termite’s anatomy favors their job of combating invading insects, including ants, beetles, and members of rival termite colonies. They are equipped with large heads and strong, pincer-like mandibles. In some species, soldiers secrete sticky toxic substances from their heads, which they use attack intruders.

A soldier’s mandible is wide enough to bite humans, but they rarely do so. They would only bite if handled for an extended period. So, in short, termites love to snack on wood and other insects but don’t seek out humans to munch on.

You’re safe, we promise.

If you’re dealing with an infestation in your home, contact us today for an inspection. Termites won’t bite you, but they’d love to take a bite out of your home.