One of the most commonly misidentified pests is the flying ant, which is frequently confused with the termite. These two insects can be about the same size and color, and possess similar wings. The difference? Several hundred dollars or more, as flying ants are usually a quick fix, while termites are not.
There are several physical differences which will be noticed upon close inspection. Flying ants have elbowed antennae, while those of termites are straight, and somewhat smaller. Take a look at the legs; those of flying ants are significantly longer. But the easiest way to distinguish between the two is by comparing their body shapes. Flying ants have a typical ant body, with three distinct sections. Termites appear to have one long section. Of course, this isn’t true; all insects feature the divisions of head, thorax, and abdomen, but these divisions are much less defined in the termite than the flying ant.
This diagram makes the difference clear:
If you have a pest specimen, and are unsure if it is a flying ant or termite, please, play it safe. Call Brasure’s at 302-436-8140 for pest identification, because the damage that termites can do in a short amount of time is not worth leaving it up to a guess.