ANTS VS TERMITES
Bucks County PA
Here are some simple ways to distinguish flying termites (swarmers) from winged ants.
Winged termites have a straight waist and straight antennae. Their wings are equal in size and are shed soon after they emerge from their nest, or swarm. Winged termites usually swarm in the early spring when it is warm and rainy.
Flying ants have pinched waists and bent antennae and are often mistaken for swarming termites. They have two sets of wings, one larger than the other. Depending on their species, flying ants may swarm at different times of the year.
- – Straight antennae
- – Equal length wings
- – Straight waist
Flying ants have:
- – Bent antennae
- – Unequal length wings
- – Pinched waist
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANTS AND TERMITES
ANT AND TERMITE SWARMERS
Do I have ants or termites ? This can be a very troublesome question. Some of the flying winged ants can resemble the winged-swarming termite.
The swarming of small, dark insects near or inside a building may worry people who believe their home is infested by termites.
There is a difference between ant and termite reproductives(swarmers).
Termites go through a gradual metamorphosis
Termites go through the egg, nymph and adult stages.
Nymphs look like adult workers. Reproductives are dark-bodied.
Ants will go from a egg, to a larvae, then pupa and finally to the adult stage in what is called complete metamorphosis. The adult ant worker is an adult and looks like an adult ant.
Here are some ways do identify the difference between the physical resemblance.
Carpenter ants are black or brown and measure up to 1″ in length. They are often confused with termites. Unlike termites they have pinched waists and elbowed antennae. Termites have straight bodies and antennae. As with termites, there is a winged version too.
Carpenter ants can do significant structural damage, but are more a nuisance than a structural problem.
There are several ways to recognize a carpenter ant infestation: