Learn the difference between termites vs ants.
Termites and ants look quite similar, and can, therefore, be very had to tell the difference between. One way to tell the difference between a termite and an ant is by their wings. Termites have two pairs of wings at the front and the back which is the same size. Ants, on the other hand, have two pairs of wings but the back wings are much smaller than the front wings.
Another difference in the way termites look versus the way ants look is that termites have a thick waist and ants have a thin waist. Termites have straight antennae and ants have elbowed antennae. Not only do ants and termites have some differences in their bodies, but they also have differences in the way they swarm.
Termites tend to swarm in and around the home usually in the daytime and more likely just after a rain. There is only one type of termite that does not go by this rule of thumb when swarming and that is the Formosan termite, which typically swarms in the early evening.
One way to tell that you have termites and not ants is by some of the signs they leave behind. Dead termites are generally found in windows and you can even find termite wings there as well. They can also be found around bathtubs, sinks, doors and heating vents.
Termites will build their mud tubes on walls both inside and outside of houses and will eat wood, while ants will not. You can tell if your home is wood damaged by thumping on it to see if it has a hollow sound. If it does, it can mean that the termites have already eaten the inside of the wood out.
If you find that you have a termite problem, the first thing you will want to do is to call a termite control inspector to take care of the problem for you as quickly as possible. Once you have spotted termites, you have no way of knowing exactly how long they have been there, so getting rid of the problem quickly can help to save you trouble in the future. If the termites have already done a lot of damage to your home it can be quite expensive to correct the problem.
Now that you know whether or not you are looking at an ant or a termite, you can better assess the work that will need to be done to your home. If you find that you have an ant infestation, it can be quickly resolved by simply spraying some ant spray around the inside and outside borders of your home.