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Ant identification and termite identification are quite similar, with a few differences outlined below.


Factors for Common Household Ant Identification

Ants are close relatives of bees and wasps. They are common insects that are effortlessly identified, especially in their common wingless adult forms. However, winged-type ants abandon the nest in large numbers during warm conditions to mate and create new colonies. In many cases, they are mistaken for winged termites, who also leave the nest to mate.

The following three primary characteristics can distinguish ants and termites:

  • An ant’s body is constricted, therefore giving the appearance of a slim waist.
  • The ant rear wings are smaller than its front wings; the termites’ front and hind wings are the same. Soon after their flights, both ants and termites lose their wings, so wings may not be present at all times.
  • Female and worker ants that have wings possess elbowed antennae.

Furthermore, ants go through a complete metamorphosis.

Passing through the egg, larval, pupal, and adult phases. Larvae are immobile, worm-like, and never look like adults. Also, ants are social insects. Queens carry out the colony’s reproductive functions and are more significant than another ant. They lay eggs and, at times, take part in the feeding and grooming of larvae.

On the other hand, female workers that are sterile will collect food, feed, and look after the larvae. They build tunnels and guard the colony. These workers make up the majority of the colony. Males do not engage in ant colony activities. Therefore, their only function is to mate with the queens. Because they are few in contrast to the females. Worker ants feed male ants.

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Experienced, researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 34 years of disinfecting, cleaning and pest control Auckland services experience.

Published: 24/10/2014 Updated: 4/08/2021