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Flying Ants Versus Termites

If you aren’t a pest expert, flying ants and termites probably look the same. However, these two pests require different treatments, so it is important to know the difference. Here are some of the defining characteristics that will help you identify whether you have flying ants or termites hanging around your home.


Flying ants have four wings, but the front wings are noticeably bigger. Their wings also have a brown hue and look proportional to the size of their bodies. Termites, on the other hand, have wings that are all uniform in size and shape, but they are twice as long as the length of their body and are clear. 


Termites have a relatively uniform body as well. It is basically the same thickness along the entire length. Flying ants appear more segmented and have pinched waists.


With termites, you will notice short antennae that are completely straight. Meanwhile, flying nats have longer antennae with a distinct bend or elbow.


Ants are omnivores that survive off of nectar, food debris, and other insects. They may be a nuisance, but they won’t necessarily cause any damage to your home. Termites eat cellulose, which is a material found in plants, including wood. Essentially, your home can become a rich source of food for termites, which can spell structural damage. 


Termites are also more destructive because they tend to live longer. Once eggs phase from the larvae phase and into adulthood, a termite can live for a couple of years. Termite queens can rule over colonies for decades. Worker ants only live for a few months, giving them a much shorter life cycle.

While these differences may seem like small details, they are important when it comes to properly treating your home. If you don’t have a termite prevention plan in place, you will want to keep an eye out for signs of an infestation. Being able to properly identify termites could help you limit damage to your home. 

For additional help with pest control, contact the experts at PMi Pest Management. We can quickly identify any problems and provide you with effective treatments.  

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