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The Difference Between Carpenter Ants and Termites

Carpenter ants are often mistaken for termites, as both insects have similar habits. Both pests are known for their propensity to destroy wood. Termites eat wood, while carpenter ants burrow into it to build their nests. The destruction they cause can look similar, however. Both carpenter ants and termites have the ability cause extreme damage to your home, and even cause damage to structural beams and supports that are crucial to a safe home!

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While carpenter ants prefer to burrow directly into soft wood, termites burrow into your home. Termites most often found in Canada are subterranean termites. This means they burrow their way into your home by building underground tubes in mud.

Carpenter Ants and Termites, Which Do You Have?

So you’ve spotted wood shavings in your home, and you’re concerned you have an insect problem. How do you know what type of infestation you have? Here’s how to tell.

Carpenter ants are larger than termites, however it can be tough to differentiate carpenter ants from termites based on size alone. Look at these factors instead:

1. Antennae: The antennae of ants are noticeably bent, whereas termite antennae are straight.
2. Body Shape: Termites have a broad waist with two segments, but carpenter ants have a thin waist with three segments.
3. Colour: Carpenter ants have dark-coloured, almost black bodies when compared to that of the termites, which typically appear white.

These are some of the differences that can be easily spotted to differentiate carpenter ants from termites. Another important difference is that carpenter ants are more likely to be seen out in the open than the termites. While both ants and termites can be equally destructive, the two species differ in their feeding habits. Since termites feed on the wood in which they tunnel, they do not need to leave to collect food like carpenter ants do.

Termite Treatment And Ways To Kill Carpenter Ants

The treatments for carpenter ants and termites are quite different, however a professional should treat both types of insects. A professional pest control company stops the pest problem before it worsens, and kills ants or termites by implementing appropriate treatment. Magical Pest Control offers both termite control and carpenter ant removal.

Contact us for a free phone consultation or to schedule an appointment to kill ants. Reach us at (905) 738-6676.

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