Termites are very small and hard to detect with an untrained eye which is why you are more likely to spot the signs of termite damage before you spot termites themselves.
Termite swarmers can look like flying ants, and they are often confused. Both Carpenter Ants and Fire Ants can look similar to termites, especially as their winged mating cycles are usually during the springtime – the same as termites.
With our termite species guide you can easily see what termites look like and recognize the common features between termite species, but such detailed information is usually just for people interested in entomology – what most people want to know is whether they are looking at a termite or an ant...
Winged ants are strong flyers and they do not shed their wings, whereas termite swarmers fly only a little and they shed their wings quickly.
You can be fairly certain you have identified termites if you’ve found discarded wings around window sills or doorways.
There are some important differences in body shape of ants and termites, and this image should help you identify termites or winged ants:
Termite swarmers are about ¼ inch long – about the same size as a pencil eraser. The swarmers cause no damage but are one sign of a more serious termite problem – a hidden colony of white, soft-bodied termite workers who consume wood.
It’s important to get proper termite identification as early as possible, as the longer they’re hidden in your home the more damage they will do.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you have termites because they prefer to live hidden away. Use our termites pictures as a guide to identifying your termite problem.
Have you spotted termites in your home or workplace? As these insects are highly destructive you should get professional advice and termite control from Ehrlich right away.