To the untrained eye, termites and ants almost look the same.
So what’s the difference? How do I know if it’s a devastating termite or a troublesome carpenter ant?
Well let’s see. Here’s how to tell the difference between the two:
- Has 3 body segments
- Their antennas are bent (or looks broken)
- Generally are reddish or dark colored
- They dig (or excavate) moist wood. Therefore, you will see sawdust on the ground.
- Has 2 body segments
- Their antennas are straight
- Their wings are longer than their body. Almost twice as long.
- Generally are white or almost transparent in color
- They “eat” solid wood
- They will make mud tubes outside of a wall or in the ground adjacent to a wall
Properly identifying these insects will dictate whether it’s a $200 problem or a $2,000 problem