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Termites or Flying Ants?

Posted by Brendan on May 20, 2016

"Are these Termites or Flying Ants?"

Let's take a look.

The one give away for me the second I see a specimen is the shape and size of the wings. Ants wings are teardrop shaped, have different size wings (back wings are smaller than front wings), have more pronounced veins, and are shorter than termites. Termite wings on the other hand are ovular, equal size front and back, more veins but less pronounced, and are longer than ants. The next sign is the body, although both the ant and termite have a head, thorax, and abdomen, the termite has a wide waist connecting the thorax and abdomen which makes it look like only a two segmented body. Lastly upon a little closer inspecting you can see the antennae are different. Ants have a bend at the tip of their antennae, while termites have straight and beaded antennae. Don't worry I will include a picture so you can compare. Ants vs Termites

The most common and widely distributed termite in North America is the Easter Subterranean Termite or the Reticulitermes flavipes. Subterranean Termites eat mostly spring wood and leave the harder summer wood which they cannot effectively digest. Because of this termite damaged wood appears to be layered. A typical mature colony may consist of 60,000 to over a million workers. Sixty thousand workers are able to eat 1/5 ounce or 5 grams of wood each day. At this rate, a colony this size could consume 2 1/3 linear feet of 2x4 in a year. Sometimes there are several colonies within a structure so the amount of wood that gets consumed is multiplied, making it so important to get the proper treatment as to protect your investment.

We have had such a large volume of calls coming in lately for termite estimates, which we offer for free. So don't hesitate to call Guardian Pest Control today so a professional can come out to inspect and give you a free quote.

 

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