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How to Spot the Differences Between Ant & Termite Swarmers

Thursday, April 30, 2020
A swarm of termites is nightmare fuel for any homeowner, and seeing one can lead to full-on panic! However, you should take a deep breath because you might actually be seeing ants instead of termites. Homeowners often mistake swarming ants for swarming termites due to a variety of physical similarities between the two. Don’t stress! We’re here to help you identify the pests in your home and remove them for good. Inspections are free! And, during this time we will continue to provide you with peace of mind as you protect your home, as we are now offering NO-CONTACT exterior termite services.

Identification is Key

Since swarming ants and termite swarmers look so similar, it can be difficult to tell them apart. Some key characteristics of each to keep in mind include:



Ants: 

- Uneven wings, with a larger set in the front
- Segmented body shape, pinched waist and larger thorax
- Bent antennae



Termites:

- Wings of equal length on both sides 
- Straight and uniform body shape
- Straight antennae 

Where You’ll Find Them

Swarming ants are typically found in rotting or damp wood, but they can also live in dry wood. They typically swarm in the spring and summer months after a period of rain and usually enter your home through openings around doors or windows. They’re also attracted to sweet foods like sugar and honey, so be sure to clean up your kitchen area often. Ants don’t cause nearly as much damage as termites do, but some types of ants can still damage your wood over time. Eastern subterranean termites are local and can be found in, around and under your home. Workers build “termite tubes” out of the mud to travel up to wooden structures above ground, and you often have no idea since they’re located underground. Eeek! Other termites make their homes in undecayed wood. These pests infamously feed on that wood, and this can cause serious structural damage to your home if left untreated. Subterranean termites usually swarm in the springtime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Treatment

If you suspect termites, or you’re unsure of whether you have ants or termites in your home, don’t wait around! Termite damage can get extremely expensive over time. Contact us and we’ll inspect your home and get rid of the pests before they can cause any further damage. We also offer termite inspections, including pre-construction treatments, post-construction treatments and renewable termite contracts. Don’t forget to ask about NO-CONTACT service!


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