Termites cause more damage to homes than fires, tornados, hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes combined. Most people do not know they have termites unless they actually see a swarm in the springtime, therefore we recommend annual inspections to check for visible termite activity.
Ants can also swarm too! So how can you tell the difference in a cloud of insects flying around? Are they winged ants or downright hungry termites? See the information below to help you figure it out!
Termites have a thick waist that gives them straight sides, and their antennae look like strings of beads. They have two pairs of wings, front and back pairs which are about the same length and they have very few visible veins in the wings.
Ants have a tiny "waist" where the rear body part (abdomen) attaches to the middle body part (thorax).
Their antennae are "elbowed" or jointed two pairs of wings, the back pair shorter than the front pair.
Ant wings have distinct cross veins shaped like long triangles.
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