Termites are often mistaken for ants – they are similar in size and shape, both form social colonies with a division of labor, and both can occasionally turn up around your home. This is especially true of flying ants and swarming termites. Termites are distant relatives of ants.
The feeding habits of ants and termites differ as well. Termites are cellulose eaters; they consume tree roots, branches, wood fences and wood framing. Their ability to break down cellulose stems from protozoa in their intestines. Termites have a deserved reputation for destructiveness to homes and buildings with wood framing. Ants are generalists in their diet – they are scavengers, predators and herbivores.
Although there is a number of subspecies of ants, ants are easily distinguished from termites by the ant’s three distinct body segments: the head, thorax and abdomen. Each segment is separated by a narrowing of the body. Termite’s bodies in comparison are relatively straight. In the case of flying ants and swarming termites, the termites have two pairs of equally-sized wings, whereas flying ants have a pair of large front wings and smaller back wings.
Termite infestations in Arizona can cause thousands of dollars in damage if left unchecked.
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