Do Termites Bite or Pinch People?

Soldier termites have large mandibles, or pinchers.

Termites are capable of seriously damaging wooden structures. These tiny insects can eat through wood and sheetrock paper.

While worker termites consume and damage wood, it is the soldier termites that pinch. Soldier termites have developed mandibles, which they use to defend the colony and fend off predators, like ants.

Soldier Termite: notice the large dark mandibles that can pinch

Do Termites Bite People?
Some species of termites, including Formosan termites, have the ability to pinch people. However, it is very rare for termites to pinch humans. Termite pinches are not believed to cause illness or infection in humans.

Are Termite Bites Harmful to Humans?
Even though termites do not pose a health risk to humans, homeowners should call a licensed termite control expert if they see signs of activity. Termites are one of the most difficult insects to control and the damage from an uncontrolled termite infestation can be very expensive to repair.

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