Comparing Pests

Distinguishing the difference between termite swarmers vs flying ants can be difficult. They both can be found in swarms and are similar in size. Being able to identify these pests correctly could protect your home from termite damage. Here are some differences to be on the lookout for.


While these two pests may look similar, there are several differences to make note of. Termite swarmer’s wings are uniform in size, have equal-length clear wings, straight antennae, and straight abdomens. They are characteristically black or brown. Flying ants have wings that are larger in the front than in the back and are more proportionate to their bodies. Oftentimes, their brown-tinted wings differ in size. Their abdomen is cinched, and their colors vary between black, brown, and reddish.


When comparing termite swarmers vs. flying ants be sure to note that both can be found residing in wood and colonies. One of the key differentiators is wood is not a food source for ants, unlike termites. Termites reside and eat away at decaying trees/stumps, wood debris, and wooden structures. They have been known to consume paper and other cellulose-based products as well. Ants feed on plants, other insects, nectar, seeds, and food scraps. Their nests can be found in dry, wet, damp, and/or rotting wood, and they continuously seek out moisture. Therefore, they are typically found lingering around pools or swarming after it rains. 

Termite Swarmers vs. Flying Ants Lifespan

The lifespan of a termite swarmer is much longer than a winged ant. What does this mean for your home? Termites have the opportunity to cause even more structural damage. Most termites live for around 2 years while their queens have been known to live for decades. Ants typically live for just a few months and their queens about 2 years.

For help determining what pests you may be dealing with, contact your local pest experts. Learn more about our termite swarmer and flying ant pest control services here.