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Termites are often mistaken for ants. And because of this homeowners often dismiss termites as pesky ants or just flying insects and ignore them because they do not realize they are termites. This inability to distinguish between the two pests can cause termite infestations to grow exponentially.

Differences Between Ants and Termites

It might help to identify the similarity and differences between the two. To an untrained eye flying termites resemble flying ants because they share some characteristics. Ants have a distinct pinched waist while the termite is tube shaped. Termites and flying ants have four wings – but the termites’ are of equal size, while the flying ant’s wings are two distinct sizes. Lastly, ants’ antennae have an elbow or bend, whereas termite antennae are straight.

Ant and Termite Homes – The Difference

Ants typically do not build tunnels, while subterranean termites create tunnels of mud, saliva, and fecal mater along homes and foundations that serve as entry points for above ground food sources.

Termites are Not Open Creatures like Ants

Termites are difficult to detect because they don’t come out into the open that often. Rather they prefer to stay in the mounds they create in the soil, just emerging when they identify a food source. Because they are hard to see they can be a destructive force when left unchecked. In fact the royalty (including king, queen and various castes), workers, soldiers and non-winged reproductives never leave the hidden areas so most of the colony is never even seen. Often times you will find ants just about everywhere, as they do not tend to stay hidden.

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