Can You Tell the Difference between Winged Termites and Flying Ants?

winged termiteTwo winged insects that often swarm during the spring and fall seasons, termites and flying ants look rather similar to the untrained eye. And if you see a swarm of these bugs pouring out of your home, you will surely want to know exactly what type of problem you are dealing with! There are a few key features to look for that will assist you in determining the cause of your pest control problem, including those discussed below.

Antennae

Take a close look at the antennae of the flying insects you have encountered. While termites have short, straight antennae, flying ants have longer antennae with a distinct bent appearance.

flying antWings

Both ants and termites have two sets of wings on their bodies, but the specifics of their wings are noticeably different. Termite wings are white and translucent in color, with both sets about the same size. The wings on carpenter ants have a dark brown tint to them, and the front set is almost twice the size of the back pair.

Body

The final difference between termites and ants is the shape of their bodies. Although the two types of insect are close in size, ants have a much more distinct shape to them than termites do. An ant’s body is composed of three distinct regions – the head, thorax and abdomen – while the termite’s body maintains a uniform width throughout.

Regardless of if you are facing an infestation of termites or ants, we at Blue Ridge Termite & Pest Management Group are fully prepared to handle your problem. Servicing Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and the surrounding Central Virginia areas, we have the knowledge and experience needed to exterminate the bugs that have made their way into your home.

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