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.
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.
Ants have elbowed antennae:
Termites have bead like, flexible antennae.
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.
Now that you can tell them apart you are probably thinking “So how do I if termites might be attacking my home?”