A: How do I tell the difference between ants and termites?
Q: When ant mating flights occur, homeowners often confuse the winged reproductive forms of ants with swarming, winged termites. Here are the most common distinguishing characteristics between ants and termites. Below are tips for spotting the differences between the two insects. As always, you should contact a licensed pest professional to be sure you have correctly identified the pest.
• Both winged forms of ants and termites have two pairs of wings, but ants' front wings are larger and longer than the back wings, while the termites' four wings are all the same length and size.
• Ants have narrowed waists and elbowed antennae, while termites have thick waists and short, straight antennae that resemble strings of beads.
• Don't be fooled by color or size. Ants can vary in size, and winged termites of various species can be yellowish, reddish, brown or black like ants.