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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TERMITES AND ANTS

How can I tell the difference between Termite and Ants?

This can be a very troublesome question. Some of the flying winged ants can resemble the winged-swarming termite. Here are some ways do identify the difference between the physical resemblance.

  1. While both species have four wings, the termite wings are all the same size and the ant wings have noticeably larger wings in the front as compared to the hind pair.
  2. Termites have an almost straight antennae, the ants antennae are elbowed.
  3. Termite wings are twice as long as the body.
  4. Ants appear distinctly segmented, because of their thin-waisted appearance. Termites have a broad-waisted appearance.
  5. Carpenter ants can be much larger, up to one inch in length.

What to do?

Once you've identified your winged visitors, what is the next step?

Because each case is different we recommend having an expert visit your home and assess the situation to make the appropriate recommendations. There truly is no one size fits all solution and there are generally several factors to consider.

Removing the invaders is only part of the solution. We also want to ensure they never return and that any damage they have caused is completely repaired. Recommendations offered may include structural modifications, alterations to the surrounding environment, sanitation changes, and the use of state-of-the-art materials to eliminate and prevent the return of ants or termites inside the home.

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Wood to soil contact. Keep soil from touching wood to reduce pest access. If there must be wood to soil contact (on a porch or deck) use pressure-treated wood or material which is insect resistant. Eliminate hollow porch post and columns.

Ventilation and high moisture conditions. Eliminating damp conditions, increasing ventilation and replacing decayed wood, aids carpenter ant management and helps prevent future infestations by the ants and wood destroying fungi. This may include your cellar, crawl spaces or under dirt filled porches.

Flower and shrubbery beds. Adding crushed rock around the foundation instead of mulch will eliminate a food and harborage source for sow bugs, centipedes, millipedes and many other insects. Crushed rock is also a rodent and snake deterrent.

Leaking gutters and roof lines. Keep gutters and roof lines in good repair and free of debris to reduce wood rot. This reduces breeding areas for wood destroying insects. Satellite carpenter ant colonies are usually in areas of moisture damaged wood.

Openings at plumbing, electrical, and telephone line entrances into your home. Sealing openings around these entries reduces access for carpenter ants, stinging insects, and many occasional invaders.

Excessive plant cover around the foundation. Leaves and other debris under decks, in window wells, and behind bushes should be removed to eliminate decaying organic matter which may provide a food source or harborage for insects such as sow bugs, centipedes and millipedes.