Flying Ants vs Termites

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Facts About Termites

  • Termite queens are believed to live 15-25 years and can lay an egg every 15 seconds.
  • There are over 40 species of termites in the United States.
  • Some termites can get into your house through cracks about as thick as a penny.

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Learn The Difference Between Flying Ants and Termites

At first glance, a termite and a flying any may look just about identical. However, they are both very different from each other. Find out below how to tell them apart.

Termite vs Flying Ant Appearance

Termites have straight antennae and wider bodies without a pinched waist. They are usually black or dark brownish color. Flying termites, usually have clear front and back wings that are the same length.

Flying Ants have curved antennae and pinched waists, making them “slimmer” than termites. Their bodies can be black, brown, or reddish in color. One of the main differences between flying ants and termites are their wings. Flying ants have two pairs of brown-tinted wings that usually differ in size.

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Termite vs Flying Ant: Where They’re Found

Termites are mostly found in dead trees and other wood debris. It becomes a big problem when you find termites in and around your home.

Flying Ants are found almost everywhere. However, they do not eat wood (even carpenter ants).

Termite vs Flying Ant: Life Cycle

Both of these insects have similar reproductive cycles. During the warmer months, fertile winged ants and termites fly from their nests to reproduce and establish new colonies. Male ants typically die after mating with the females. On the other hand, after termites mate, both male and female partners live on and expand their new colonies. Both ants and termites lose their wings after reproducing.