Termites and flying ants are two completely different types of insects, although they may look similar. Upon closer inspection, the two insect species vary greatly in appearance and behavior.
The differences between flying ants and flying termites are in three body parts: the wings, the waist and the antennae. Flying ants have a pinched middle section, or waist, while termites have a broader mid-section that makes them appear more cylindrical.
Termites vary in size based the precise type, ranging in length from ¼ inch to 1 inch. Because they are typically silent and can infest a home for a period of time with no noticeable signs of damage, termites are a serious problem.
Termites have long, pale bodies; straight, beaded antennae; and rounded hind ends. Their antennae are roughly the same size as their heads. Worker and soldier termites don't have eyes, but reproductive termites do. Reproductive termites have four equal-sized wings, which they lose after mating.
Termites evolve from egg to nymph to adult through simple metamorphosis. Colonies are established in dark, damp areas receiving little exposure to air near a source of moisture.
Termites typically live in the soil near a food and water source, such as rotting lumber. Some termites do not require a damp environment to survive.
Ants are the main predators of termites. Six types of ants are known to organize attacks on termite mounds and nests. Reptiles, mammals, birds and even humans also prey on termites.
The cost of termite treatment ranges from $1,150 to more than $3,000 as of 2014. The cost varies depending on the size of the property being treated and the extent of the infestation of termites.
Although flying ants and flying termites look quite similar, it is possible to tell the two species apart by looking at the insect's antennae, wings and abdomen. One easy way is to look at the number of body segments, as termites have two segments and ants have three.
To kill termites, locate termite entry points around your home, make a saltwater solution, fill the entry points with the solution, and pour saltwater around your home. If termites remain in your home after this treatment, consult a professional. This process takes several hours.