How To Tell The Difference Between Termites And Ants
Termites and ants are similar to everything except their tastes in food. Termites can thrive off primarily wood while ants will need food from other sources like nectar. They both also live in the ground and dig tunnels and nests. Carpenter ants can also nest in the ground or wood as well. But there are major and important differences between them and you need to know how to tell the difference between termites and ants.
The biggest sign and difference between ants and termites are their bodies. The ant bodies will be sectional and separated. The bodies will look pinched at several points of their bodies. The ant abdomen will be thinner than the rest of the body and the swarming ant wings will have un-equal length wings. Termite wings will be of equal length to each other.
The shapes of the termite bodies and the ant bodies will be different as well. The ants are pinched in the middle while the termites will be straight from their head to their end. They will look more like a small grain of rice. They will change color depending on the season and area. If it is the spring season they might turn black to protect themselves from the environment. When they are dwelling in the ground they will turn white. They will also molt the wings off and if you find these piles of wings in or around your home then it will confirm their presence in your home.
There are other differences between ants and termites. Termite antennae will be straight while the ant antennae will be bent or elbowed. Carpenter ants will have larger bodies and bigger heads then their smaller counter-parts but they will have the same shape as other ants.
Controlling pests like termites, and even removing ants from your home can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, many different do it yourself pest control solutions are available to help you stay pest free.