John: This spring when the moisture gets to just the magical level and the humidity gets to just the magical level, the ants and termites decide, "Hey, it's time for a new colony to start so let's send these guys out called swarmers." They have wings, they resemble each other quite a bit and they go out to find new colonies. Sometimes, they emerge inside homes which can be a tad bit frightful to our customers.
Aaron: Ants, of course, are going to be more of a nuisance than anything else. They're gross, they're bugs but they're not nearly as destructive as termites. If it's termite swarmers, you want to act as quickly as possible. They can do a lot of damage in a short period of time.
Jim: Termite's wings will fold on top of themselves and look just about like a teardrop. It's about the body length and a half again. It's a fairly long wing. That teardrop shape is very distinctive. For an ant, the wings look more like an airplane wing. They have straight edges. They're separated, completely different look. If they've lost their wings already, the easiest thing to look at is the antenna. Ant's antenna are always elbowed, termites are not.
Jim: An ant is going to have a really well defined head, thorax and abdomen. You'll be able to see the separation between those body parts. Whereas with the termite, there's really no separation. It's just one long tube almost.
John: If you see either of these, let that be a warning to you. Get us involved. Give us a call. Let us help you ID these pests. Let us help you determine what the appropriate treatment should be.