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The Difference between Ants and Termites

Do you have an invader chomping through your home’s frame? It can be hard to tell the difference between an ant and a termite, making your pest control options difficult. If you can determine which insect is causing you trouble, your treatment options can be much more effective.

Carpenter ants and termites are very similar in appearance and are often mistaken for each other when homeowners find their swarms in the springtime. A closer look, however, will reveal some significant physical differences:

Body shape: A termite has no “waist” at the abdomen area. Instead, its body is rectangular. Carpenter ants, on the other hand, have a more defined abdomen.

Antennae: Termites have straight, beaded antennae whereas carpenter ants’ are bent.

Wings: Though both insects have wings, this is one of their most different characteristics. The wings of a termite are equal in size and very fragile. You will often see wing debris near the opening of a nest. Carpenter ants have much stronger wings, with one larger set in front and a smaller set in the back.

Color: Carpenter ants are a red or dark color and are often seen foraging for food. Termites are more transparent and are rarely out in the open unless their nest has been disturbed.

For information on termite treatments in Fort Myers, FL, for your home, contact the experts at American Allegiance Pest Control. Our team will help you determine the best plan of action to rid these pests from your home once and for all.