With so many insects making their appearance this time of year, it can be difficult to keep them all straight. One you might think you know for sure is the ant, invader of picnics and expert at marching in straight lines. But is there more to the ant you think you know so well? Are there flying ants too?
Aren’t All Ants The Same?
We are used to ants being wingless creatures and termites having wings, but that is not always the case. That makes it easy to confuse the two.
Some carpenter ants have wings, leading homeowners to mistake them as termites. There is an important distinction between the wings, though–on termites the wings are equal to twice the length of the body. On carpenter ants the wings only reach just beyond the end of the body length.
When termites swarm their wings come off, which often leads to them being mistaken for ants. These swarms usually occur where a patio/porch/driveway slab touches the house, and the swarm can be inside or outside. Since the wings come off in the swarm, the termites will now resemble typical ants. If you see discarded wings nearby, you have termites and not ants.
Another way to tell the difference between the two is that termites will congregate in a large number close together. Ants will tend to be found in the previously mentioned, stereotypical line of ants.
I Don’t Care If They Have Wings Or Not…I Just Want Them Gone
If ants are the problem, the only way to successfully get rid of them, or any other insects/pests, is to have your home professionally treated. Holper’s has been taking care of St. Louis homes since 1985, using low-impact materials for the safety of you and your pets. Holper’s uses a three-pronged attack on your ant infestation: treating the inside, treating the outside, and using bait outside of your home. Once the initial infestation has been exterminated, this service is done quarterly to make sure your home stays free of ants, and many other unwanted insects. Best of all, the program includes a full guarantee!
Holper’s Can Do It All!
Whether you have insects, spiders, nuisance wildlife, or a combination from the list, Holper’s really is the “Do It All” pest control company. Call our friendly customer service reps today at 314-732-1413 to have all your questions answered and to set up an appointment to have peace of mind restored in your home.