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Can You Spot The Difference Between Flying Termites And Flying Ants?

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Flying termites have straight bodies and long clear wings.

For many home owners in Florida, a swarm of flying insects around the house can cause a sense of panic of a termite infestation. However, not all swarming insects are flying termites. Some actually may be flying ants. Determining whether you have termites or ants is important for how, or if, you need to address the problem. While ants and termites can look similar to the untrained eye, the two can easily be identified based on a few key characteristics.

What's The Difference Between A Flying Ant And Flying Termites?

Termites are about the same size as ants. However, swarming termites have straight antennae and wide straight bodies. They are usually dark brown or black in color. Similar to flying ants, they have four wings and their wings are clear and all the same length.

On the contrary, flying ants have bent antennae and bodies with a pinched waist. Just like termites, they can appear brown or black in color. However, their four wings are brown in color and are different sizes.

Termite Characteristics:

  • Straight antennae

  • Straight bodies

  • Clear equal length wings

Flying Ant Characteristics:

  • Bent antennae

  • Pinched waist

  • Unequal length brown wings

Super D Pest Control, Bradenton, Florida, Flying Termite Vs. Flying Ants
Flying ants have a pinched waist and unequal brown wings.

Behavior Differences Of Flying Ants And Flying Termites

Both ants and termites live in large colonies. Termites can be found living in decaying trees, wood stumps, lumber and the wooden membrane of man made structures. Some ants, such as carpenter ants, also can inhabit the wood of a structure. However, because termites actually consume wood, they can cause major damage. While carpenter ants can make a nest inside the wood of a structure, the damage is often limited.

Diet Differences

The diets of these two pests is vastly different. Flying ants, or ants in general, are considered omnivores. Termites, however, feed exclusively on cellulose which is the nutrient rich substance found in most plants. Ants will feed on nectar, other insects and other food debris found inside or outside the home. Termites will feed on wood boards, paper (including books), cardboard, plants, insulation and some fabrics.

Call Super D Pest Control If You Think You See Flying Termites

If you see swarming insects around the home, it is best to seek professional help. Getting an annual termite inspection from a professional pest control company like Super D Pest Control is the best way to get ahead of any termite damage. Call us today at (727) 433-5310 to schedule an inspection or click "Let's Chat" below to contact us on our website. We look forward to serving you.


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