I found a suspicious looking insect in my kitchen counter top, and I'm wondering if it was a termite. Can anyone who are familiar with termite confirm whether or not the insect in the picture below is a termite? I recall that the length of the insect was about quarter inch (~ 6mm.) enter image description here

I also noticed small white, almost transparent wings floating on top of the pool in my backyard after a couple of rainy days. I guess probably there were a swarm of those insects in my backyard a couple of days ago. Should I worry about any potential termite infestation?

By the way, for anyone who are curious, I live in northern California (Bay area) where termites are common problems.

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    It would be helpful if you would edit into your question where in the world you are. Insects vary by county/region. Also has the picture been magnified? How big are these bugs actually?
    – Tyson
    Commented Oct 22, 2016 at 11:23
  • You need to worry if they are inside the house. If they are swarming outside, then typically not a worry (assuming you live in a region where termites are common)
    – DA01
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 21:55
  • I updated my question with the region I live in and the size of the insect I observed
    – Jake
    Commented Oct 27, 2016 at 18:20
  • By the way, if it's a termite, is the color black common for termites?
    – Jake
    Commented Oct 27, 2016 at 18:23

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It looks like a termite to me, The body is thick all the way back. Ants have a narrow body in the center. Make sure to check around your foundation and look for evidence especially where the dirt is close to the wood. It is possible that a swarm just arrived and that one came into the house through a door or window. With Termites and Carpenter ants it is best to be proactive because they can do a lot of damage in a short period of time. If you are not able to do the inspection under the house it might be worthwhile to hire a pest control company to do the inspection.

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