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Termites?
October 12, 2012 5:35 PM   Subscribe

Are these termites? I just noticed these on my house and im having trouble identifying them.
posted by flipmiester99 to Home & Garden (13 answers total)
 
Did you mean to post a picture?
posted by HuronBob at 5:37 PM on October 12, 2012


Sorry....Here are the links

http://i50.tinypic.com/t69yyf.jpg

http://i48.tinypic.com/21dlz6b.jpg
posted by flipmiester99 at 5:39 PM on October 12, 2012


Hmm...Dont know why they didnt link. Anyways if you need more pics i have them.
posted by flipmiester99 at 5:39 PM on October 12, 2012


http://i50.tinypic.com/t69yyf.jpg

http://i48.tinypic.com/21dlz6b.jpg
posted by HuronBob at 5:40 PM on October 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Those are totally winged ants. The wasp waist and elbowed antennae are how you can tell the difference. Basically an ant's body looks like...well...a wasp, with a distinct pinch at the waist. A termite, on the other hand, looks like an ant crossed with a sausage. The body is tubular all the way down.
posted by TungstenChef at 5:43 PM on October 12, 2012


Those look more like carpenter ants than termites. Termites have white bodies.

Carpenter ants are usually invisible, except when the winged ones swarm. Get a professional opinion to be sure and then prepare to exterminate.
posted by b1tr0t at 5:43 PM on October 12, 2012


Could be flying ants...they tend to swarm once or twice a year... (I had a batch just a week ago, gone the next day)...... Orkin has a page that helps you tell the difference between ants and termites.
posted by HuronBob at 5:43 PM on October 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Could be flying ants...they tend to swarm once or twice a year

Agreed. Have you had any rain lately? In the desert, both flying ants and termites tend to swarm right after a rain storm if rain hasn't moved through for a while.
posted by TungstenChef at 5:51 PM on October 12, 2012


Carpenter ants invisible? Around here, "carpenter ants" look like frickin' crickets for size.

But definitely ants - Termites have two body segments (thorax and abdomen joined), ants have three (distinctly separate head/thorax/abdomen).

FWIW, all ants "fly" - The males, at mating-season, will all grow wings and your cats will have a ball with them. Then they all die. Think of them like bees that don't sting (as much) and usually crawl rather than fly.

That said, even non-carpenter ants can cause damage if they decide your house counts as a nice place to live. Get yourself some ant-bait, put it out of the way of pets, and if you happen to notice a stream of ants going to/from it, don't disturb them (they'll take it back to poison the queen, your entire goal).

If you see mounds in the yard, though, I suggest leaving them alone. For the most part, they count as pretty good neighbors (they aggressively kill tons of other bugs that may stray into "your" territory). You just don't want them as co-tenants.
posted by pla at 5:56 PM on October 12, 2012


Carpenter ants invisible? Around here, "carpenter ants" look like frickin' crickets for size.

I think b1tr0t means they usually stay hidden.
posted by jon1270 at 6:17 PM on October 12, 2012


yeah, I meant that you don't usually see that you have a carpenter ant infestation except for mating season. At which point the winged males show up, buzz around for a week or so, and then die.

I've encountered them in Portland. The males were maybe as long as a cricket (wings included), but the bodes were much smaller.
posted by b1tr0t at 7:15 PM on October 12, 2012


Have that checked out. Those ants can do wood damage too.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 7:28 PM on October 12, 2012


Looking at tungstenchefs link those actually do look like termites. I would get a professional in to check it out, especially if you own the house.
posted by Mai2k3 at 12:10 AM on October 13, 2012


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