You may think one insect is as bad as another, but the distinctions are important for effective Florida pest control. Our experts share ways to spot the crucial differences between termites and ants.

Physical Comparison

• Ants have segmented bodies with a thinner midsection, giving them an “hourglass” shape. With their fuller waist, termites have a more uniform shape front to back.

• Most ant species have a reddish color, while termites tend to be brown or gray.

Swarming termites and winged ants are most often mistaken for each other, but termite wings are usually double the length of their bodies. Also, termite wings are consistent in size as opposed to ants, whose front wings are larger than their rear wings.

• Antennae on flying ants are bent, where termite antennae are straight.

Structural Threats

Both ants and termites can cause serious damage to buildings. Subterranean termites, the most populous species in New Jersey, form large colonies that eat through wood quickly. Carpenter ants do not actually eat wood, but they do burrow through it to create their nests. Small piles of wood shavings are a reliable sign of infestation.

Avoid Damage with Panama City Pest Control from Arrow Pest Control

If you suspect an ant or termite infestation, take immediate action to limit the threat of damage. Contact Arrow Pest Control for information about our full-service residential and commercial integrated pest management programs.