Flying Termites vs. Flying Ants

by | Apr 4, 2013

Summer is high season for two rather annoying flying critters: winged termites and winged ants. Both live in large colonies and when the weather is warm, they produce winged offspring to fly to different areas and begin new colonies. With termites, many of these reproductives find their way into houses and apartment buildings, creating a real headache for homeowners. While any reputable Arizona residential pest control company can provide effective ant and termite treatments in AZ, it’s a good idea to learn to distinguish between the two so you know what you’re up against.Flying Termites

  • Straight antennae
  • Uniform body
  • Two pairs of wings that are equal length
  • Very fine, delicate, lace-like veins in wings that appear shimmery

Flying Ants

  • Bent/elbowed antennae
  • Defined waist that looks narrowed/pinched
  • Two pairs of wings that are of unequal lengths
  • Veins in wings are poorly defined/simple in appearance

The existence of a few flying ants doesn’t necessarily mean an infestation is about to occur; rather, a few winged ants likely just flew in accidentally, with no intention of setting up a new colony in your home.

The presence of flying termites, on the other hand, indicates an infestation either in or around the home. Furthermore, unlike flying ants, the termites have flown in with the intention of setting up a new colony in your home, with the potential to cause serious destruction in a short amount of time.

If you suspect a termite infestation, call Arizona Best Choice Pest Control of Scottsdale. The professional technicians at Arizona Best Choice will create a customized termite treatment in AZ that meets every client’s specific needs, all backed by flexible warranties. From chemical barriers to structural treatments, termites don’t stand a chance against the guaranteed Arizona residential pest control options at AZ Best Choice. To set up a free termite inspection in Phoenix, contact us online.


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