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Philadelphia Ant Exterminator – The Difference between Ants and Termites

Ants or Termites? Termites or Ants? To an untrained eye, a termite and ant swarm can look very similar. Both pests have wings longer than their bodies and both tend to swarm near windows and interior walls.

As the weather gets warmer, one of the differences you’ll want to keep an eye out for, however, is the size of the insect and the shape of its wings. Here’s a picture that shows the flying ant vs the termite swarmer:

Picture that shows the differences between a Flying Ant and Termite Swarmer

  • A termite swarmer has two sets of translucent wings approximately twice the size of its body. It also has straight antennae and a non-segmented body.
  • An ant swarmer, has a 3-segmented body – the head, thorax, and abdomen all appear to be pinched.
  • The antennae on an ant swarm will also be elbowed

While there are many subtle differences between ant and termite swarms, keep in mind that both pests are likely residing in areas hidden from human eyes.

A Amendt Pest Control can identify the insects in your home – we offer FREE Estimates. If you live in Philadelphia or Southern New Jersey, call us today 888-577-7514 or request a free estimate online.


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