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February 14, 2010

Concerned About Termites?

Homeowners dread the thought of a termite infestation, yet people can't often tell a winged ant from a termite. So here's some information to help you differentiate.

While both species have four wings, the termite wings are all the same size and the antwings have noticeably larger wings in the front as compared to back end. Termite wings are twice as long as the body. Ant reproductives (swarmers) have two pairs of wings. While termite wings are quite fragile and can break by touch, ant wings do not break off easily. You may find the broken wings of swarming termites in an area they have been crawling.

Termite antennae appear to be straight, while ant antennae are elbowed.  Ants appear distinctly segmented, because of their thin-waisted appearance, whereas termites have a broad appearance. Termite waists are not narrow and their bodies are straight-sided with no constriction.

Of course, the best way to make the determination is to have a professional do an inspection. So if you think you may have termites, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control

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