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HOW TO DISTINGUISH FLYING ANTS FROM FLYING TERMITES
Both ants and termites can swarm during spring and summer. Swarming is a natural occurrence that enables the colonies to reproduce and create additional nests.
Alates noticed outdoors should not normally be reason for alarm, however more than a few swarming termites indoors may be a far more serious problem.
Should more than a couple of dozen termite alates be noticed indoors (that have not flown in from outdoors), a pest controller should be called without delay.
Try to capture and retain a few specimens in a dry jar. Do not add water or any preservative.
Both flying termites (alates) and flying ants have two pairs of wings.
Both are dark grey to black in appearance.
- Have antennae that are almost straight and have a beaded appearance.
- Wings are virtually twice as long as their body
- Both wing pairs are the same size.
- Wing veins are not visible to the naked eye.
- Have no taper to their body
- Wings break off easily, with just a touch
- Have antennae that are elbowed (bent)
- Wings differ in size. The outer pair is larger than the second pair.
- Have narrow tapered waists
- Wing veins are usually easily seen with the naked eye
- Have sturdy wings that do not break off easily
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