Sometimes it can be very difficult to distinguish between winged ants and winged termites. And often times the two look very similar. But it’s crucial to your home’s walls and structural support that you know the difference between the two. That knowledge can save you thousands of dollars.
What to Look For
There are three body parts that differ between the termite and the ant —the waist, the wings, and the antennae. Take a close look at these characteristics – a magnifying glass can help you clearly distinguish between the two.
Winged ants have narrow waists. Their bodies are divided into three distinct body segments. Winged termites appear to have one body segment, but in actuality, there are actually three segments. Their bodies are long and slender with broad waists.
Winged ants have two pair of wings, but they are uneven. The front wing is larger than the back wing. They differ from termites in that termites have two pairs of identical wings – all the wings – back and front are the same.
Ants have bent or elbowed antennae, while termites have straight antennae.
When in Doubt, Call a Professional
Termites and ants can appear to be very similar, and if you are still unsure about what type of pest you are dealing with, call a pest control specialist. They’ll be able to identify what you’re dealing with right away, as well as be able to advise you on next steps. Most importantly – don’t be fooled by a termite into thinking that you’re just dealing with an ant infestation. The biggest difference between the two pests is that one can be a big expensive problem if left untreated, while the other is just a nuisance. Don’t be on the wrong side of that judgement.
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