How To Tell A Difference Between Termites and Ants

Termites vs. Ants
  1. Take a few live samples

  2. Put them in a closed jar

  3. Leave them on a sunny window sill and wait a few hours

If you have termites, you’ll find them dead within a few hours – almost certainly overnight. Because termites often shed their wings, you should also find wings around dead termites. If you have ants, you’ll find the ants to still be alive and, of course, with no wings. This is because, ant swarmers live for a very long time – up to a week or more! I’ve had specimens stashed in a test tube on the dashboard of my truck that lasted almost two weeks!