Termites go through different life stages, and their appearance varies depending on the stage of development. Here’s a description of what termites look like at their early stages:

  1. Eggs: Termite eggs are tiny and typically translucent or white in color. They are difficult to spot with the naked eye as they are usually laid in hidden or protected areas such as inside the colony or within the wood they infest.


  1. Nymphs: After the eggs hatch, young termites called nymphs emerge. Nymphs resemble smaller versions of adult termites but are generally lighter in color. They are soft-bodied and have a similar body structure to the adult termites. Nymphs go through several molts as they grow and develop into adult forms.


  1. Workers: Workers are the most numerous and active members of the termite colony. They are typically creamy white or pale in color. Workers are wingless, blind, and have soft bodies. They have a distinct head, mandibles for chewing wood and other materials, and a segmented body. Workers are responsible for tasks such as gathering food, constructing tunnels and galleries, and caring for the young termites.


It’s worth noting that the appearance of termites can vary depending on the termite species. In general, termites have a similar overall body shape, with a straight-sided, cylindrical body and straight antennae. The size and coloration may differ based on the species and the specific role within the colony.

If you suspect termite activity in your home or property, it is recommended to contact a licensed pest control professional for a thorough inspection and accurate identification. The team at Professional Termite Control Melbourne have the expertise to differentiate termites from other insects and provide appropriate recommendations for termite treatment if necessary.