How Big Are Termites?

There’s a wide range of termite sizes. Termite size generally depends on the termite’s age and species. Each termite begins with an egg which is really tiny. You need a good magnifying glass to identify a termite egg. When the egg hatches into a larvae, it is still tiny. After a few weeks the larvae will become a tiny worker, able to get around on its six legs, but still hard to examine with the naked eye. All that can be said for almost any species of termite, but that doesn’t answer the question. The Larger Queen and King Termites The reproductive queens and kings are larger, perhaps well over 1” in length, especially if you find them with wings which extend behind the termite body. The kings and queens spend most of their life without wings, so we won’t count the wings in most of the measurements we give in the rest of this article. Subterranean Termite Size Most of the termites in the lower-48 states (no termites in Alaska yet) are subterranean worker termites which may be as short as 1/8”, but grow to be up to ¼, or maybe as much as 3/8” in length. The soldiers found along with these subterranean termites will be slightly longer, while the reproductive queens and kings will be over ¾”. Such measurements do not include the wings and they do not include the extension of the queen termite’s abdomen which becomes quite long when the queen becomes a full-scale egg factory. Such an abdomen may extend for over 2” long  and ½ “  wide or larger. Such a queen will be in a compartment within the nest and you won’t see her unless you carefully take the nest apart. Formosan Subterranean Termite Size Formosan subterranean termites are 10% to 20% larger than the domestic subterranean termites and they generally...