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Termites vs. Carpenter Ants

 In Carpenter Ants, Pest Control Tips, Termites

What termite and carpenter ant damage looks like in Vancouver WA & Portland OR - Antworks Pest ControlDespite their common love of wood, termites and carpenter ants are different pests with their own sets of qualities and habits. Understanding the differences between the two can help you identify infestations faster and treat outbreaks more effectively. Here is how you can tell termites and carpenter ants apart:

  • Body shape and color: Termites have a stockier body shape that is rectangular with no waist. They are also generally lighter in color and may even appear transparent. Carpenter ants, on the other hand, have a narrow waist and are often dark or reddish.
  • Antennae: The shape of the antennae is a great way to tell carpenter ants apart from termites. While termites have straight antennae, carpenter ants have bent or elbow-shaped ones.
  • Wing sizes: Both carpenter ants and termites have two sets of wings. However, termite wings are equal in size and shape, and they extend well past their body. Meanwhile, carpenter ants have smaller back wings and longer front wings.
  • Wood destruction: Termites and carpenter ants are both notorious for destroying wood, but there are a few differences in why and how they chew up wood. Termites destroy wood both as a food source and for nesting purposes, while carpenter ants only use the wood for nesting. That means carpenter ants leave behind piles of frass, which resembles sawdust.
  • Nesting habits: One of the biggest signs of a termite nest are mud tubes, which they often build to connect soil and wood. Meanwhile, carpenter ants do not make mud tubes. Instead, you may notice piles of frass lying around.

What to Do If You Have Wood-Destroying Pests

Though carpenter ants and termites are different, they can both result in the same things – extensive property damage, weakened structural integrity, and thousands of dollars in repairs. That’s why it’s crucial to call a pest control professional right away. While many people are tempted to find DIY solutions, wood-destroying pests are capable of causing serious damage that would significantly exceed the initial cost of an experienced exterminator.

Termites vs. Carpenter Ants IN VANCOUVER WA AND PORTLAND OR

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