Flying Termites vs. Flying Ants

Termite and ant
Top image of flying ant is very similar to bottom image of flying termite.

Spring is termite swarming season, but many people have difficulty identifying flying termites when they swarm because they look very similar to flying ants. Here are a few tips to distinguish them. 

    • Termites have straight antennae, while flying ants have elbowed antennae
    • Termites have a uniform body, while flying ants have a pinched waist
    • Termite wings are equal in length, while flying ants have wings of unequal length
    • Termites have finer veins in their wings that create a lace-like, silvery appearance, while flying ants have wings with fewer well-defined veins

The Subterranean termites we see in New England are the most destructive kind of termite, costing homeowners millions of dollars annually. If you identify a termite swarm, it’s likely that you’ve had an active termite colony for at least 5 years and there is probably more than one colony in your yard.

If termites are suspected in or around your home, a pest management professional should be contacted immediately. For a FREE termite inspection, please contact us at 1-800-323-7378.

For an overview about termites, please see our blog article, “Termites – An Overview”.


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