Winged Ants Vs Termites: Telling The Difference

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Sometimes it can be difficult for an untrained eye to differentiate between a winged ant and a winged termite. They both may just look like large flies to you, but you can tell the difference in a few key ways. Being able to tell the difference between ant and termite infestations can help you better understand what kind of damage may have been done to your home and what kind of steps you need to take to get rid of either of these pests.

If you can get a close look at whatever winged insect you are seeing crawling around your home, use this post to figure out if it's an ant or a termite and then contact your pest control professional for further instructions:

Why Do Ants and Termites Have Wings? 

When it's time for an ant or termite to move on and create a new colony of their respective species, they use the wings to help them cover larger distances. If you're finding a winged ant or termite it can mean one of two things. Either they have thoroughly infested your home and are ready to branch out into other areas by building more colonies, or they have just arrived and will be soon attempting to infiltrate your home. Either way, it's time to call a professional when you see flying versions of either of these insects. 

Winged Ants

Winged ants will have their characteristic body shape. This means that they will have a body clearly separated into the head, abdomen, and thorax. Their antennae will also be angled slightly. If you're able to look closely enough, for instance if you were to kill one with the body in tact, you'll notice that the flying ant wings will have a larger front pair and a small rear pair. Ant legs are also relatively long in proportion to their bodies. 

Winged Termites

Termites have bodies that are shaped like tiny cylinders or pills (imagine a lack meal worm with wings) without noticeable definition between each segment of their body. Their antennae also stick out straight without any angles or curves to speak of. All four of their wings will be the exact same length. They will also have noticeably short, stubby legs in relation to the size of their bodies. 

Now that you have a better idea of what to look for in order to help you figure out what kind of flying insect you might be dealing with, be sure to relay this information to a pest control specialist so that they can help you protect your home. Contact a company such as Rainbow Pest Control to learn more.