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Charlotte Home Inspector Explains The Difference Between Termites and Ants

May 8th, 2009 · No Comments

As spring comes it is the time of swarmers. Swarmers are the reproductive termites that come out by the thousands after the first few warm Spring days usually after a rain. This usually freaks people out if it’s inside their house. Ants also have swarmers and the purpose of this video is to show the difference between the swarmer termite and a swarmer ant. In this video Charlotte home inspector Preston Sandlin shows some real termites and a diagram of the differences between ants and termites. The difference begin with the antennae. A termites antennae is curved while an ants antennae has a 90 degree angle. Both are insects and have three body parts but the termites waist is wide making it look like it only has two body parts. An ant has three very distinct body parts. Then there are the wings. A termite has four very long wings 3 times the size of its body while an ant has four wings that are just barely longer than the body and the front wings are longer than the back two. If you have any termite or home inspection questions please go to http://www.homeinspectioncarolina.com

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