November 2017 Newsletter

Difference Between Flying Ants and Termites a.k.a. “swarmers”

Determining whether you have flying ants or winged termites is important in how you treat the problem. Some flying winged ants resemble the winged-swarming termite.

Here are some ways to identify the differences:

  1. While both species have four wings, termite wings are uniform in size. Winged ants have noticeably larger wings in the front than the pair in the back.
  2. Termite antennae are almost straight where the ant's antennae are elbowed.
  3. Termite wings are twice as long as their body. Ant wings are shorter and more proportionate to their bodies.
  4. Ants appear distinctly segmented, because of their thin waist. Termites have a broad waist and are mostly a uniform width along their entire body.

Courtesy of doyourownpestcontrol.com/diff.htm

If you spot either type of “swarmer” chances are a nest may be nearby. Notify FPM Properties maintenance ASAP at maintenance@fpmproperties.com!

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