Ant and termite identification are similar, with a few differences outlined below.
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. They are often mistaken for winged termites, leaving the nest to mate.
The following three primary characteristics can distinguish ants and termites:
They passed 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 other ants. They lay eggs and, at times, participate in the feeding and grooming of larvae.
On the other hand, sterile female workers will collect food, feed, and look after the larvae. They build tunnels and guard the colony. These workers make up the majority of the territory. Therefore, their only function is to mate with the queens. Because they are few in contrast to the females. Worker ants feed male ants. Males do not engage in ant colony activities.
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Last updated: 08/8/2022 Experienced, researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 35 years of disinfecting, cleaning and pest control Auckland services experience.