Ants vs Termites – Help Telling them Apart

Posted: August 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm

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The difference between flying ants and winged termites

Winged Ant swarmers andwinged Subterranean Termites swarmers look similar but are completly different. They are as different as, horses from cows, but they are so small you have to look close to see the difference.

Its important to know which pest you are treating. A treatment for ants can be very inexpensive but treating termites can cost you much more. Getting rid of Ants requires a completely different treatment than the treatments we use to get rid of Termites. So take a good look at the graphic, not the differences. Not being able to tell the difference can cost you extra money when you treat.

If you discover a swarm of bugs with wings inside your home youll want to know which pest you are dealing with, ants vs termites?

Everybody has seen ants. They show up nearly everywhere outside. Ants nest under stones, logs, firewood, in trees, plants and concrete slabs. There are many different species of ants. Acrobat ants, Argentine ants, Carpenter ants, Crazy ants, Fire ants, Little Black ants, Odorous House ants, Pavement ants, Pharaoh ants, Thief ants, Large Yellow ants, White Footed ants, just to name a few of the most common ones.

We see Ants crawling on the ground, most of us have stooped down and studied ants, watching them hurry along, busy gathering food, so we know what they look like. But Subterranean termites are subterranean creatures and when on the surface of the ground they are susceptible to the suns ultraviolet rays so they almost never expose themselves to view. So we dont usually get a good look at a termite.

In the picture above youll see an ants vs termites graphic, winged ant on the left and a winged termite on the right. They are generally the same size, have 6 legs each and two antenna and four wings, but study the picture closely and you will see differences. Here is a list of the most obvious differences.

I usually tell people if it looks like an ant, its probably an ant.

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