Know the Difference between an Ant or Termite
According to TermiteMD.com Flying Ant or termite swarmer look similar yet are very different. They are as different as, horses and cows, but they are so small you have to look close to see the difference. GW Techs know the difference. Ants have a pinched waist and bent antenna, termites have a cigar shaped body and straight antenna. Ants have four wings with one set larger than the other, termites have four wings that appear to be the same size.
Identification is Important
You must know the difference between and ant or termite. It’s 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 you’ll want to know which pest you are dealing with, ants or 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 don’t usually get a good look at a termite.
Ant or Termite Distinguishing Characteristics
In the picture above you’ll 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.
- Pay close attention to the waist of both the ant and the termite. The ant has a pinched or narrow waist verses the termite who’s waist is thick or straight.
- Antenna for Ants are elbowed, verses termites who have straight antenna.
- Each have four wings, two pairs, all four termite wings are the same shape and size, verse the ant who ha two pair with each pair of ant wings being a different length.
- The Ant swarmer and the Termite Swarmer are similar colors.
Ant or Termite ID Tips
- When you find swarming termites you usually see hundreds or more. With flying ants you may only see a few here or there.
- If you can not identify the ant or termite, you can carefully catch one on a piece of clear tape, be careful not to mash it. Then show it to your Exterminator.
- Collect and save what you find in a zip lock bag and be careful not to squish it. Trapping it in a jar is even better than on a piece of tape.
I usually tell people if it looks like an ant, it’s probably an ant. Visit TermiteMD.com for more termite tips.