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Do I have Ants or Termites?

‘Swarmers’ fly once a year from house to house in search of a new site (possibly your home) to establish a new colony. It is important to be able to distinguish between a flying termite and a flying ant.

Here is a method to determine if you have flying ants or flying termites…

  1. Capture a few live samples
  2. Put them in a jar with a lid
  3. Put the jar on a window sill and wait for 3-4 hours
  4. If you have termites then they will be dead in that time and they will likely have shed their wings.
  5. If you have ants then they will still be alive and they will not have shed their wings.