How to tell them apart!

There are three easy ways to tell the difference between termites and ants just by looking at their bodies

1. Number of Distinct body sections:

Ants have 3 distinct and easily seen body sections

– Although not technically correct its useful to call these body parts the head, the thorax and the abdomen.

Ants have three body sections

Termites have elbowed antennae







Termites look to only have 2 body sections:

This is because termites don’t have a constriction between their thorax and abdomen so even though they have a head, a thorax and an abdomen they look as if they only have 2 body sections.

The difference between ants and termites

2. Antenna:

Ants have elbowed antennae:

Photo of the elbowed antennae of an ant

Termites have bead like, flexible antennae.

The beaded antennae of a termite


3. Wings of the winged reproductive castes:

These fly out of the nest to create new colonies.

Termites have 4 wings of equal size, while Ants have a pair of forewings and a smaller pair of hind wings.

How to tell ants and termites apart


Now that you can tell them apart you are probably thinking “So how do I  if termites might be attacking my home?”

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