Ants vs. Termites: How to Spot the Difference

termites and ants

You may think ants and termites are completely different, and you’d be right about that! However, when you compare winged ants to winged termites, the similarities are startling. It can be hard to distinguish between a swarm of ants and a swarm of termites. Both are prevalent this time of year as winter fades and springtime creeps in, but your friends at Clark Exterminating are here to help guide you.

Knowing the difference between ants and termites is very important, especially when it comes to the state of your home. While ants are mainly just a nuisance, termites can cause real, expensive damage. When trying to decipher between the two insects, there are three simple areas to check out: the wings, the waist size and shape, and the shape of the antennae. Termites have a broad waist, with straight antennae and symmetrical wings. Ants on the other hand, have: a narrow waist, elbowed antennae, and their front wings stretch out further than their back wings.

Termites are also typically light in color, cream or tan hue, sometimes even appearing semi-translucent. On the other hand, ants are almost always dark in color and have a three-segmented body rather than the two-segmented termite. It can be extra tough to determine if the pest you’re viewing is an ant or termite when they’re swarmed. The easiest way is body-color (ants are usually dark and termites are typically light) and wing size.

It is crucial to know the difference between ants and termites, especially when it comes to these pests invading your home. Remember the three components to check: wings, waist, and antennae.
(a swarm of winged ants)
Fortunately, your friends at Clark Exterminating are the experts and know how to solve all your pest problems. It’s helpful for you to be able to decipher between these two similar-looking species so we can come prepared and ready to rid your home of unwanted guests. For questions and more info, give us a call today – we offer free in-home estimates!

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