The last thing you want to come across is a swarm of insects in your home. You may assume that these winged insects are termites, but they could just as well be ants.
Termite swarmers and ant swarmers look similar. The key is to know the difference between how they look, along with the difference in impact of having them in your home.
The swarm will prompt you to call ant control in Atlanta. It’s good to have an idea of what kind of insect you are dealing with before they arrive.
Visible Differences Between Ants and Termites
If you take a moment to calm down from the shock of finding the swarm and study them, you can tell the difference between carpenter ants and termites. First, start with the wings. Ants and termite swarmers both have four wings. The difference is that ant wings are unequal size with the larger wings in the front. Termites’ wings are all equal in size.
Next look at the antennae. Ants’ will be elbow shaped, while termites have antennae that are both straight. Finally, look at the design of their bodies. An ant has a slender waist, while a termite has a straight waist.
Different Uses for Wood
Termites and carpenter ants have different uses for wood, but they both ruin it. Carpenter ants carve out wood so as to make a home for their colony. Termites, on the other hand, actually eat and digest wood because of its cellulose.
Ants and termites like warm, moist wood – so wood exposed to moisture is an invitation to them.
Signs of Damage by Ants and Termites
Both termites and carpenter ants cause damage. Signs that they are in the home differ. Carpenter ants push wood shavings and trash out through holes. This trash appears like pencil shavings on the floor below infested wood.
Termites usually have covered dirt trails made out of saliva leading up to the wood of your house. If you look at the actual wood damage, you will be able to tell which pest caused the damage.
Carpenter ants will have clean galleries in the wood. Termite damage, on the other hand, leaves thin layers of riddled wood packed with drying dirt.
Both can wreak havoc on a house, causing structural damage that can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Due to damage caused by ants and termites, you need to take action if you see them. Don’t hesitate to give STINGER Pest Control a call.
STINGER Pest Control Solutions works to rid your home of termites through baiting systems and conventional liquid barrier treatment. We offer two types of termite treatment, as well as guarantees to make sure you are satisfied with your experience.
We can also rid your home of carpenter ants or any other pest that you may have. You can have peace of mind when your house pests stop being your home’s guests. Contact STINGER today.