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Ants vs. Termites

Ants and termites are easily confused. They both have winged stages that appear in the spring and they are both the same approximate size. Use the characters below to seperate them.

    Ant Image
Ant Group - Ants are 1/8 to 1/2 inch or 3 to 12 mm long and can be black, red, yellow, brown, or tan. They have a thin waist and the hind wings are smaller then the front.
    Termite Image
Termite Group - Termites are 1/8 to 3/16 inch or 3 or 4 mm in length. They do not have a thin waist, the body is the same width its whole length and the wings are of equal size. The name for the Order that includes termites is named Isoptera which means equal wing.

Insect Identification and Diagnosis Request

For the identification of insects and mites, contact a local Virginia Cooperative Extension office, or find information about offices in your state.


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