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How to tell the difference between an ant and a termite

We are frequently asked, “What are these small black, winged insects I am finding in my home?”

Swarming termites are often confused with ants but can be distinguished by two simple characters. Termites lack the “pinched” waist of ants.  Also, termite wings are equal in length, compared to ants that have distinctly longer front wings. Adult reproductive termites are dark-brown to blackish insects, about 3/8 inch long. Commonly referred to as “swarmers”, the job of reproductive termites is to mate and start new colonies. Termite swarmers may or may not have wings, as their wings often are shed shortly after a flight. Although termite swarmers can, occasionally, enter homes through open doors or windows, finding termite swarmers indoors is a reliable signal of infestation. Termite swarms can occur throughout the year but are most commonly seen between the months of February and May in Texas.

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Janice Gillen
1012 Morton Street
Richmond, TX 77469
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