Warmer weather and longer days naturally bring out the insects that have been hiding all winter, including flying ants and termite swarmers. While some homeowners worry about infestations of stink bugs or spiders, residents living with termite swarmers or flying ants in the backyard may be at a loss. Our job at Lawn Plus Pest Control is to educate our clients and help them understand the pests that live in or around their homes. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide to help you spot the differences between flying ants and termite swarmers.
Physical features are the easiest to spot when comparing flying ants and termite swarmers. Flying ants have bent antennae, a pinched waist and uneven wings. Termite swarmers are different in that they have straight antennae, equal length in their wings, and no pinched-off waist. Termite swarmers are also a little darker in color than flying ants.
Both of these insects live in dead or decaying trees or wood structures, making them a challenge to combat as a homeowner. However, termite swarmers are omnivores, which means their diet consists of cellulose, or plant-based nutrients. Flying ants do not feed on their plant-based surroundings, but rather feast on nectar, other insects, and food debris. If you find a swarm of insects around your garbage can, you’ve likely got flying ants; but if you find them in your home or living in your trees, you may have a termite swarm.
The life cycle of flying ants consists of egg, larva, pupa, and adult stages. Termite swarmers skip the pupa stage and go directly from the larva stage to adulthood. If you find pupa hanging from the bark of your trees or backyard, you know you’ve got a colony of flying ants. If you don’t spot any pupa shells around your yard and are dealing with a swarm, then you’ve got termites.
Call in the Experts
If you’re still unsure whether you have a colony of flying ants or termite swarmers, call our team for a free estimate and inspection. We have trained eyes and equipment to help you get rid of the swarm before it gets out of control. To ensure your lawn is ready for you and your family to enjoy this spring and summer, schedule your appointment this month by calling (513) 296-7378. Our services extend throughout Cincinnati, Dayton, Mason, Fairfield, Hamilton, and West Chester.