Termites vs Ants

termite v sants
A LITTLE TRICK TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU HAVE….
If you have a swarming insect problem and don’t know for sure if it’s flying ants or termites, this is a way for YOU to find out.
What you do is to take a few LIVE (unsprayed) samples and put them in a jar, then put the jar, closed, of course, on a sunny windowsill.

If it’s termites, they’ll die within a few hours, almost certainly overnight. Termites will often shed their wings, and the next day you’ll see dead termites and shed wings. Check where they were coming from. You should see shed wings there too.
If they’re ants, they won’t shed their wings and the ants will still be alive. Ant swarmers are very long-lived and will often live a week or more. (I had specimens, in a test tube, on the dashboard of my truck, which lasted almost two weeks.)

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