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Seeing a crawly creature at your home and not knowing what it is exactly can be very irritating. To the untrained eye, ants and termites can look very similar and be easily mistaken for one another. However, they are two entirely different insects and each of them has its specific traits.
Although both ants and termites are annoying to have around, the former is mostly harmless (except the fire ants), while the latter is considered a huge threat to properties in Australia, since it’s capable of inflicting enormous damage to the integrity of wood structures. That’s why to avoid a growing pest infestation, you have to act quickly and perform the correct extermination treatment. For that, you will first need to know how to tell apart termites and ants.
So, if you:
Then, keep reading because we have created this article just for you! Here you will find the complete guide on how to identify termites and ants and how to proceed depending on the pest species.
Termites, also widely known as white ants, are pests that eat cellulose, and are found in wood, paper, cardboard and plants. Many people mistakenly call them “white ants” because they look a lot like regular ants, but are lighter in colour. However, their colouring is not the termites’ only distinctive feature. There are a few more visual differences you can look for in order to distinguish a termite from an ant.
Here are the physical characteristics of the termites found in Australia:
Termites can be found in attics, garages, workshops, crawlspaces, and more particularly in wooden cabinets, window sills, skirting boards, subflooring and staircases. However, they are rarely noticed, as they typically hide in their signature mounds, which resemble tunnels constructed of the insects’ faeces, saliva, wood and dirt.
White ants, living in your property, can pose a serious danger to your house’s structural integrity and that is why any sign of an infestation should be taken seriously and acted upon quickly. In fact, termites are considered the biggest pest threat to homeowners in Australia, since they are able to inflict damage that can exceed thousands of dollars to repair.
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Australia is home to many ant species, all of which can pose a certain danger to your home and garden. Nevertheless, the species that is mostly mistaken for termites is the carpenter ant, due to its similar behaviour and the damage it causes to wooden structures. Also, flying ants, no matter the species, can hugely resemble the appearance of the winged termite alates.
To be able to distinguish ant infestation in your home, check below the unique features of the Australian carpenter ant:
Carpenter ants usually nest in old or damp and decaying wooden structures. They can be found in inner walls, especially those in proximity to bathrooms and kitchens, as well as in window frames and doors.
Although this species is sometimes referred to as “wood-eating ants”, carpenter ants don’t really feed on wood, but rather bore into it. That is why powdery wood particles similar to sawdust are often found around their nests.
While carpenter ants don’t eat wood like termites, by boring into your wooden structure, they can still be a nuisance. However, to save your woodwork and your peace of mind, you can either try some natural methods to get rid of carpenter ants or contact a professional.
The main difference between ants and termites is their behaviour and eating habits. While the former bore through wooden structures to create their nests, the latter feed on wood and by doing so can inflict tremendous damage to houses.
However, the wood-eating habit of termites is not their only distinguishing trait.
To help you know how to tell ants from termites, below we have compiled a handy list of the more key differences that the two pests have:
If, however, you are still not able to identify whether you are dealing with ants or termites, you can always consider resorting to the help of an experienced pest exterminator and have peace of mind.
You have recently discovered an ongoing pest infestation in your house and you’ve been trying to treat it for a while now, only to find the implied methods ineffective. The truth is that pest infestations can be very challenging and even impossible to eliminate on your own. However, this is where professional pest exterminators come handy!
While ants and termites can share a resembling appearance, as we have already proved here, they are entirely different insects and therefore each of them requires a unique removal and treatment approach. Pest control professionals have the required experience and knowledge and will be able to solve your problem quickly and, most importantly, effectively!
Check below to find the steps a professional pest controller will take to help you eradicate an ant or termite infestation:
Now that you know what an ant and termite extermination process entails, don’t put off dealing with your house’s pest infestation any longer. Correct identification and immediate reaction are key when it comes down to the complete eradication of destructive creatures.
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