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Ants Versus Termites

April 16, 2013

April showers may bring spring flowers, but the beginning of spring also announces the arrival of those pesky ants and destructive termites! As the cold weather fades and spring blows in, reproductive male and female ants and termites are looking for a place to call home. Your first line of defense against these pests is to correctly identify your new tenants. Knowing a little about each of them makes it simple to identify their differences.

Is it an ant or a termite? How can you tell? Ants and termites are easily distinguished by looking closely at their build and taking note of the differences in their anatomy. The differences between ants and termites are found in their antennae, wing structure and waist size. Both pests have antennae, but an ant’s antennae are elbowed whereas a termite’s antennae are straighter. A termite has wings that are equal in length, while the wings of an ant are unequal. Finally, the waist size of an ant is much smaller when compared to a termite’s thick waist. With this information in mind, we can now see in the photos below that the ant is on the top and the termite is on the bottom.

(Kansas State University, retrieved electronically 3/18/2013 from http://entomology.k-state.edu/extension/diagnostician/lab-news/winged-ants-vs-termites.html )

Ants are very social creatures and usually live in colonies or nests. The location of where they decide to nest depends on the type of ant. If you notice just a few ants, they can probably be controlled with a quick vacuuming. However, larger colonies of ants should be treated with professional pest control measures.

Like ants, termites are social and live in colonies or nests. They require a warm moist environment to survive, and can damage wood products or any materials containing cellulose like furniture, paper and more. The damage they cause is rarely noticed until it is too late. If you notice termites flying around, you might have a bigger problem and is among the first indications that you should have your home inspected by Scherzinger.

Don’t let these unwelcome guests get too comfortable in your home. A qualified pest control operator can help you determine whether you have an ant or termite problem, and suggest the best way to serve up an eviction notice.

Authored By: ScherZinger

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