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Anybody know bugs? Termites?

I found these insects (below) yesterday at the outside bottom of my patio door. We had our house tented and fumigated for termites about a year ago so seeing these made me more than just a little nervous.
I donít know what they are and I donít know if theyíre termites, but I will say the ambient air temperature was a very abnormal 113į at my house that day and I know termites donít like heat. Anyone know what they are? Any help would be appreciated.

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They look like bees?
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Those don't look like the termites I've seen. Those look more like flies or bees.
Termites are typically long, skinny things with longer wings.
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agree, not termite
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My termite guy said some kind of hornet. Erring on the side of caution I thought I'd get a second opinion. Thanks.
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Iíve just never seen a bee so small:

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Fruit fly?
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Sweat bee...little bastards will sting
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Mason bees...considered good guys here because they are pollinizers...and with honey bees having problems, we need all the pollinizers we can get. I even hung some homes for them here...drilled holes into sections of 4X4, hung 'em on my woodshed...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_beehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_bee
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mason bees...considered good guys here because they are pollinizers...and with honey bees having problems, we need all the pollinizers we can get. I even hung some homes for them here...drilled holes into sections of 4x4, hung 'em on my woodshed...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/mason_bee
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Sweat bees are actually flies that have camouflaged themselves with bee-like coloring. They like to suck the salty sweat off of exposed skin. They do sometimes bite but they are mostly a harmless annoyance.
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Dunno why wikipedia link didn't work...try this on Mason Bees.

https://www.keepingbackyardbees.com/6-amazing-facts-about-mason-bees-zbwz1712zsau/
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The OP's bugs are small flies, close to fruit flies. Nothing to be concerned about.

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super interesting fly!!

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