Winged ants and winged termites can be easily mistaken. It’s important to know the dangerous differences between the two because gaining this knowledge can save your home from termite damage.


Winged ants have elbowed antennae, a narrow waist and its front wings are longer than its back wings.

Winged termites, however, have straight antennae, a thick waist, and both pairs of wings are the same size.

At a glance, these two insects look strikingly similar and can be confused for one another especially since they swarm around the same time of the year, dig tunnels and live among wood. Termites, of course, are destructive whereas ants use the wood for nesting.

If you see winged, ant-like insects flying around on your property, you need to know whether they are ants or subterranean termites. Carefully, compare the insects flying around your house to the illustration provided. If you’re uncertain, call us for positive identification.

If the insects are termites… CALL US IMMEDIATELY.

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