How do we tell if the bug you found is a ant or a termite?






                                                                          
Ant below is a carpenter ant:
              

                                                                

                                                     
        

    Let's start with looking at these pictures of ants. This insect is very common; I am seeing a lot of them this time of the year. If you end up getting him in your home, consider yourself blessed because it's not a termite. Let's talk about how we can tell the difference between the two.

   
   


    First of all, notice the color of the ant pictured above - two tone reddish and black. Termites are usually one color, either brown or black, depending on what type termite is swarming. Subterranean swarmers are black, while Drywood swarmers are brown (in most cases).

    Second, notice the length of the ant's wings. We can see that they are not very long in comparison to termites and by looking at the diagram above, we can also see that termite wings are two or three times the length of the termite itself.

    Thirdly, and probably the easiest way to tell the difference between the two is by looking at how many body segments the insect has. You might need to grab your glasses for this one... An ant will always have three body segments: a head, a body, and a tail. While a termite will only have two body segments: a head and a body.

Pictures below are termites:
       

                  


Another indication that you have termites is the presence of droppings is your home.                                                               
                                      
    Termite droppings look like coffee grounds and you may notice a pile of dirt that you clean up and it keeps coming back. Finding this fecal matter in your home could actually help you treat the problem because now you are aware of where the termite are eating.


 

Power dusting your attic is a common way to take care of your swarming ant issue if they are living in the attic.
 

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