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Flying Ants Vs. Termite Swarmers – Pest Control Mile End Guide

When the weather starts warming up, termite colonies start releasing alates, which are reproductive winged termite swarmers. The main purpose of alates is to fly around, mate, and find new places to create new colonies. At the same time, winged ants also leave their nests to mate and create new colonies.  

Unfortunately, it is not easy to differentiate between flying ants and termite swarmers. Yet, it is crucial to diagnose the infestation right to be able to deal with it. Termites feed on the cellulose that exists in wooden structures and of course, can cause severe damages to your property if they reproduced and created colonies.   

How to Differentiate Between Flying Ants and Flying Termites? 

Both ant and termite colonies release their winged reproductive swarmers on warm days in the morning. They love rainy days, especially in the summer or spring. 

Termite swarmers cannot fly properly. Therefore, they cannot tolerate even the lightest breezes. If the rain is followed by wind, termites will stop swarming and try to get the mission accomplished on another day or when the wind stops. 

Also, termites find it difficult to have full control over the loss of water and moisture from their bodies. Therefore, the best day for swarming is a calm day with a high level of humidity. 

Professional termite inspectors can differentiate between a termite swarmer and an ant swarmer based on certain factors including: 

  • Wings: Termites have 4 wings and all of them have the same length and they have barely visible and pale veins. Ants also have 4 wings, but their hand wings are much smaller and shorter than termites’ wings, and ants’ wings have fewer veins that are darker in color. 

Besides, while termites prepare to reproduce and mate, their wings can easily break off. Furthermore, termites usually leave their discarded wings in piles while creating a new colony.
On the other hand, ants keep their wings even during the reproduction phase until they create colonies. Once the ant becomes a queen, the wings come off.

  • Body: The termite has a certain body shape, and the waist of the termite is wide, straight, and located behind the spot on their exoskeletons, which is where the wings are attached to the body. 

On the other hand, ants have pinched or constricted waists where the wings are attached to the bodies of the ants. 

  • Antennae/feelers on the Head: The termites’ antennae have the same shape as a series of round beads. On the other hand, ants have straight antennae, and they are described as “elbowed”. The first segment alone has the same length as the rest of the segments combined since all the other segments are small. 

As you can see, it is difficult to differentiate between flying ants and termite swarmers. Therefore, you need to hire a professional pest control expert to diagnose the infestation right. 

Ant and termite Pest Control 

As we mentioned, termite infestations start because termite swarmers create new colonies in wooden structures. Therefore, if your property has swarming insects, it is crucial to find the best pest control company to determine the level of infestation and the best way to deal with them. 

Flying ants can also cause a lot of damages while building their nests and looking for food in your place. There is a difference between the damages caused by termites and ants since the latter does not cause the same damages to the structural integrity of your property as termites do. 

The Local Guys Pest Control Mile End Team is here for you. Contact us if you need more information or have an infestation problem that you need professional help with. 

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