Termites or Carpenter Ants?

Carpenter Ants Identification

So how do you identify whether you have termites or carpenter ants? What do carpenter ants look like?

Carpenter Ants vs Termites

Carpenter ants and termites actually look quite different on close inspection. The identifiable physical differences include:

  1. Body color
  2. Antennae
  3. Waistline

Carpenter ants are dark colored. They could be black or red or some shade in between. They also have bent antennae and a narrow supermodel waist. The image below illustrates the key differences to look for.

Termites are light colored, white, beige or light brown. They have straight antennae and a broad waist that is the same width as the rest of their bodies. Definitely not supermodel material!

termites vs ants

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Now that you are armed with the suspect’s mug shots, it’s time to identify the serial wood killer!

In the battle of termites vs carpenter ants, termites are the far more destructive force. If you have a case of termite infestation, immediately contacting a pest control professional. You can also pay the exterminator to deal with carpenter ants and other pests. However if you want to D.I.Y. then start from the home page or check one of the posts on how to kill carpenter ants with ant bait, using Drione or Delta dust or get rid of carpenter ants naturally.

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