Flying ants or termites | which one is invading my home?
on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by Terminix
So you have a bunch of winged creatures in your home, but what species are they: flying ants or termites? Many homeowners are unable to determine whether they have a flying ant or termite infestation, because the two pests look so similar. The flying ant may be a nuisance pest, but termites present a much more serious threat to your home, so it’s important to know the difference. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to tell whether your home invaders are winged ants or termites.
Distinguishing flying ants from termites
The subterranean termites you see that have wings are called swarmer termites. These swarmers are adult termites who leave their colonies to form new ones, and they swarm in great numbers in the spring. They have pigmented bodies with broad waists and two pair of wings that are equal in size and shape. Their bodies are about ¼th inch in length and they quickly shed their wings after their brief flight. They also have straight, beaded antennae.
Winged ants, on the other hand, have pinched waists and two pair of wings that differ in size and shape. The front pair is large, while the back pair is much smaller. Just like subterranean termites, winged ants shed their wings, so the presence of abandoned wings may not be a good indicator unless the wings are of different sizes. Winged ants have elbowed antennae, so that’s another way to differentiate between the two.
Do you have flying ants or termites?
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