im joe from malaysia, a new member of this community.
In Malaysia we have tropical climate here. recently saw some unknown bugs crawling around in my house. to be specific i saw them mostly at the upper level of my house which is a wooden platform. the platform has been around for more than 30 years solid. these insects move very fast and i was unable to take a clear photo so i had to catch them and hit them first to ensure they dont move so,i can get get a photo
some description about this insect 1. has 6 legs 2. they move very fast 3. the back of the insect is dark brown, the front side is white/ yellow. 4. has a long bady similar to termites 5. length roughly 5-8mm
have attached some photos as well..
Generally in my home, we have many insects and bugs visiting and i know about them so i just let them but these insects i do not know anything about them so i am concerned. also, seeing these insects at the wooden upper level makes me concerned that they might be a type of termite. i do not want to blindly get rid of them all just because i doubt they are type of termite. im happy to see them around if they're not harmful
i hope you guys can help me identify these insects and let me know about their characteristics.
Yes, these are termites, but to me they don't look like workers. Is your wooden platform open to the outside, and do you have a light on there in the evening? At certain times of year swarms of flying termites emerge from nests and are strongly attracted to light. When they find a mate both the male and female shed their wings then run around in pairs looking for a place to start a new nest. Most of them die before finding a place to make a nest, but a few are successful.
If your wooden platform is actually inside the house then maybe you have a termite problem and you need to get pest eradicators to come and check it out.
thank you for the identification. the wooden platform is inside my house. the direct light is through the windows in the morning. so as you described, these guys are here looking for a place to start their nest but have not. that is why i dont see the usual white coloured termites yet. am i getting it right?
actually since i posted this up, these insects have gone missing. i dont see any of them already. i am not sure if they have left or if they found a place to next in my house. what could be the reason they just went around everywhere last few days and now not appearing?