Termite – Identification

Termites and ants are similar in that both have winged “reproductives.” When you see a swarm, are they ants or termites?

To tell them apart, look at their body shape. The ant will have a very distinct neck and waist.

A termite body will be pretty much the same diameter from head to tail (like a cigar).

If the winged insect is more than 1/2 inch long and dark black, it is likely to be a reproductive carpenter ant.

immature termites

termite workers

reproductive termites

reproductive termites

carpenter ants

carpenter ants

ant body

ant body

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