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How Can I Tell If I Have Termite Swarmers Or Ant Swarmers Invading My Property?

In the Springtime, termite swarmers are often mistaken for flying ants. If you are noticing a large swarm of insects around your yard or inside your property here are some tips on how to distinguish between termites and ants:

Termite Swarmer:

  • Termite swarmers will have waists that are thicker and less defined through the length of the body.

  • Termite swarmers have two sets of wings and both the front and hind wings are the same shape and size.

  •  If you look at the head of the termite swarmer, you will notice the antennae are going to be straight.

  • Termites will start to shed their wings after swarming. Sometimes the discarded wings will be the only sign you have had a swarm.

Flying Ant:

  • When Pest Professionals look to distinguish ants from termites we immediately look for the pinched waste of an ant.

  • Flying ants also have two sets of wings; however, their front wings are longer than the hind wings

  • Looking at the head of the ant you will notice that the antennae are bent or elbowed compared to the straight antennae of termites.

  • Ants will normally keep their wings attached until mating

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The eastern subterranean termite is a beneficial insect in forested areas, where it feeds upon dead trees and vegetation reducing these 'ecological wastes' into organic material. However, termites also cause millions of dollars in damage to homes each year, making termites the number one enemy of your home. Termite damage to homes far exceeds damage caused by fires, floods and storms combined each year. If you suspect you have termites in your home, call us today for a free home inspection.

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