DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CARPENTER ANTS & TERMITES

Published on 21 December 2021

Knowing how to make the difference between a Carpenter ant and a termite will help you distinguish the damages that they can both cause to a facility and even prevent them from damaging a home.

ant and termite

PHYSICAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CARPENTER ANTS & TERMITES

Lots of people mistaken termites for ants and vice-versa because they look very similar. But when you look from a closer point of view, they do not possess the same physical features. Indeed, ants have a quiet narrow waist with 3 distinct body regions contrary to the termite which have a broad waist with 2 body regions. Regarding the antennae, termites have straight, or slightly curved antennae and ants have elbowed antennae. Their wings are also different: ants possess two pairs of wings of unequal size while termites’ wings are the same size. However, when they are alates they are both black.

termites vs ants differences

DIFFERENCES IN DAMAGES BETWEEN CARPENTER ANTS & TERMITES

In addition to their different physical features, the damages caused by ants and termites are also distinct. On one hand, some termite species are attracted to moisture and humidity and need constant contact with soil to be able to reach water. So, when travelling above ground, termite leave mud trails / mud tubes that can be found inside or outside of someone’s house.

Learn more about termites here.

termite mud tubes

On the other hand, carpenter ants do not eat wood, but they dig tunnels with their large mandibles in order to move from a part to another of the nest. Furthermore, as carpenter ants are not using soil or mud – whereas termites are – their galleries are extremely clean and smooth.

Learn more about Carpenter ants here.