How do you tell flying termites and flying ants apart? If you don’t know the differences, they may look quite a bit alike; however, there are distinct differences between them. We have put together the four most common differences to help you tell them apart.
Look at Their Waists
- Ants: Narrow waist; think hourglass shape – the waist is smaller than the two segments that surround it
- Termites: Broad waist; think tubular shape
See Their Legs
- Ants: (“Swarmers”) Front legs are larger than back legs
- Termites: Legs are equally sized from front to back
Observe Their Antennae
- Ants: Antennae begin straight and curve halfway up
- Termites: Antennae are straight
Study Their Wings
- Ants: Short wings; proportional to their body
- Termites: Long wings; disproportional to their body (twice as long)
Stay Ahead of the Competition
Termites cause billions of dollars in property damage in the United States every year. Part of staying ahead of the competition (the termites) is knowing they are there. If you suspect you may have termites and you aren’t sure about your identification skills, contact an experienced pest control specialist. They will be able to identify the pest for you, form an effective treatment plan, and provide the pest control services that fit your needs. Termites are not harmless! They will cause extensive damage to your home.