At first glance, a termites and a flying ants may look just about identical. However, they are both very different from each other. Find out below how to tell them apart.
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.
Where They Are 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).
Termites vs Flying Ants: 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.
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