Termite vs Ant: What’s the Difference

You see a large number of small ant-like bugs with wings. But are they ants or termites? Both ants and termites swarm, and often times, these winged creatures are confused with one another. So, here’s a quick reference guide to know the difference between ants and termites. It is important to know which pest you have because prevention and treatment of each one is different.

  • Ants have a narrow, constricted waist while termites have rectangular shaped bodies with no constrictions.
  • Ants have bent antennae while termites have straight, beaded antennae.
  • Winged ants will have a shorter hind wing and longer front wing while termites have wings of equal length.
  • Ants are usually dark in color while termites are generally light in color.
  • Ants will eat just about anything while termites only eat wood, including paper products.

If you think you may have a termite problem at your home contact us, and we will set up a free Termite Inspection for you.