Is It Termites or Flying Ants?

During termite season, Western knows to treat every call for flying ants as a possible termite call. Too often, the two are confused, but there can be an enormous different in their potential to damage your home.

If you find a flying creature that still has its wings, refer to these termite pictures to identify the difference between the two:

Winged Ant:
ant compared to termite

termite compared to ant

Differences in Appearance


  • Termites have straight antennae.
  • Ants’ antennae are bent.

Wing Size:

  • Both sets of termite wings are the same size.
  • On ants, the back wings are smaller.


  • Ants have a dip in the waist area.
  • Termites have the same thickness across the length of their body.

Piles of Wings

Termites may swarm during the spring as part of their reproductive cycle – so if you find wings on your windowsill or your front door, don’t wait to find their owner.

Contact us : (800) 768-6109 for termite pest control before a potential termite infestation puts your home at risk for damage.

Termite Damage vs. Ant Damage

Both carpenter ants and termites are wood-eaters that can cause an extensive amount of damage to your home without you even realizing it.

There are a few telltale ways to distinguish which insect it could be.

Carpenter Ant Damage:
Carpenter ants are extremely meticulous in their destruction, leaving a clean, well-maintained hollowed out trail in the wood.

Leave-behinds may appear like sawdust, as galleries are cut through wood structures.

carpenter ant damage

Termite Damage:
These messy eaters leave layers of mud wherever they have been in your home. The damaged wood is much more thin or ragged.

Mud tubes may indicate the presence of termite highways into the home or between wooden parts of the structure. Eastern subterranean termites are the most common termite encountered in our area.

termite damage

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The Problem with DIY

Not knowing what kind of insect you are dealing with may lead to DIY termite or ant control attempts that only prolong or increase the problem.

Listen to the Experts
Jennifer Brumfield, Entomologist, says:

“We’ll place baits strategically and then a homeowner/tenant will spray over the whole thing with an outdoor ant spray…in their kitchen.”

With ants and termites, it’s essential to understand what you’re dealing with: real ant and termite control is about uncovering nests and eliminating colonies, which can be found in altogether different places depending on the species.

Call the Professionals
Don’t let a prolonged infestation happen to you. Western addresses insects before they become a serious problem and will help educate you on what kind of creepy-crawler may be infesting your home.

Call for service: (800) 768-6109