The last thing you want to fight is a pest that can do serious structural damage to your home, but for millions, carpenter ants and termites are a common occurrence year after year. Both will create tunnels throughout the structure of your home, so how do you know which you’re fighting? This quick guide can help.

Differing Appearance


If you’ve seen the pests you’re fighting, you’re likely to notice a real physical difference between termites and carpenter ants. Termites have a rectangularly shaped body, while carpenter ants have defined, narrow waists that are constricted. Termites also tend to have antennae that are beaded and straight. The antennae of carpenter ants are bent. Termites have four wings that are equal in size and shape. Those wings are longer than they are. Carpenter ants also have four wings, but the back wings are shorter than the front ones. What’s more, though, is that the ant workers are often seen in the light while the termites are almost never seen unless the nest is disturbed.

Differing Symptoms

If you think you may have a problem, with one or the other, any pest extermination service will tell you that they each present their own set of symptoms. With carpenter ants, you may notice little shavings of wood or frass just under the holes of their nests. This is because they don’t actually eat your home, they just excavate it to build nests. Termites, on the other hand, will build mud tubes to their nests.

Think you may have a problem with one or both of these creatures? It’s certainly time to contact a termite and ant pest control specialist like Young Environmental. They’ll not only be able to tell you if you have a problem, but exactly which pests you’re dealing with, then formulate a plan to take care of it and protect your home immediately.