Being a homeowner is challenging. One of the most heart-dropping moments for homeowners is when they find termites in their home. Before you panic, it's important to verify that they really are termites

Winged ants often get confused for termites. Do you know the difference?

Let’s look at appearances.

A subterranean termite and carpenter ant are each about half an inch in length and the wings are similar in size.

Looking closer, flying termites have straight antennae, and transparent, white, oval wings that are symmetrical and equal in length. They’re generally dark brown or black and have a wide body. You will often see them during the spring and summer as part of the mating season.

Flying ants can look like winged termites. However, flying ants have angular or bent antennae. Their wings vary in length and have a triangular point. The front wings are larger than the back wings. Flying ants are black, brown, or reddish, and have pinched bodies with three obvious segments.

Next, let’s look at their habitats. 

Flying termites and termites, in general, are found in and around decaying or dead trees, wood debris, and lumber. They’re part of a much larger colony. They feed on plant cellulose-based products such as wood and paper, and can cause significant damage to your home.

Flying ants are seen in open areas and nest in damp or wet wood. Unlike termites, ants do not eat wood and they usually forage on seeds, dead insects, and food debris inside and outside of residential structures.

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If you are having pest problems, contact the Rid-a-Bug team today. We can help you identify the uninvited guest that’s invading your home - and more importantly, throw them out for good.