Many homeowners experience termite or ant infestations in and around the home. Differentiating termites from certain types of ants can be confusing, leaving homeowners to guess which unwanted intruder is around the house and how to handle these potentially harmful houseguests.
There are certain determining factors to help individuals tell the difference between these two insects. Ants have elbowed antenna, a narrow waistline and two pairs of wings. The front wings will be much longer than the back wings. Termites, on the other hand, have straight, beaded antennae, a broad waistline, and two pairs of wings that are equal in size. Both ants and termites have the potential to swarm. This is a method of dispersal to start new colonies elsewhere.
Subterranean termites usually swarm in the spring on a warm day. Homeowners having trouble determining which type of insects have invaded their home should consult an exterminator. Termites can damage wooden structures around the home, so it is important to get the problem taken care of as soon as possible.