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How to Identify Termites
By Frank Reece

Most people do not how to identify a termite. Termites can easily be confused with ants. As a matter of fact, they have even been referred to as "white ants." However, this is not at all accurate. Though, do have several things in common with ants, such as their highly socialized colonies, they are actually genetically related to cockroaches. This article will help you identify from ants.

Termites are generally white, almost a translucent. As a matter of fact, you can see the food in their stomach. However, there is a winged class of termite which is darker. Ants are various colors. Ants can be black, dark red, or brown.

The shape of is also different compared to an ant. Termites have stubby legs. Termites have six legs. Ants also have six legs. Ants legs are longer in comparison to the termites. Ants have a narrow waist as compared to a termite's waist.

Some and ants have wings. A termite with wings has four wings. An ant with wings also has four wings. The wings on a termite measure twice as long as the body. The wings on an ant are equal length of the ant's body. The wings on the termite are all generally equal size and shape. The back two wings on an ant are smaller than the front two. A winged termite is a darker color. A winged ant is the same color as the other ants.

The head of a termite



and an ant are also different. The majority of do not have any eyes. The exception to this is the winged termite. The winged termite does have eyes. Ants have distinguishable eyes, whether the ant is winged or not.

Another distinguishable feature between ants and is the antennae. The antennae on a termite can be best described as a string of pearls. The antenna on an ant has a slight bend and has longer segments.

The body of a termite is a soft body. The body of an ant is more plated and harder.

Another large difference between ants and is ants will make their presence well known. Anyone who has ever had an ant problem knows it doesn't matter what time of day it is, you will generally always see a line of ants coming and going from a food source. Termites on the other hand, rarely ever make their presence known. Almost all types of live completely in the dark. The only exception to this, is when they are building, or the winged ones are flying. You'll rarely ever actually see a termite just crawling around on your floor. You usually only see them if there is a crack or opening which would allow you to see where they are living. The which live strictly in wood leave behind little sand-like fecal pellets. However, if you have subterranean termites, they don't leave behind noticeable fecal pellets.


Frank Reece has been in the industry for 25 years. You can find his articles on www.linkmyarticles.com.

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