Swarmers are a type of winged termite that can be either Subterranean, Formosan, Drywood or Dampwood Termites and they swarm every year. The difference between a flying ant and Swarmers of Winged Termites is a termite has straight antennae, uniform waist and wings of equal size. A flying ant has elbowed antennae, constricted waist and fore wings that are longer than the hind wings. Spring is usually when you see Subterranean termite Swarmers start to swarm usually March through June. Large numbers of winged termites or Swarmers start to emerge typically right after a rain when it starts to get warm they come out of the ground through cracks or from cracks in a wall inside your home or something of that nature, fly around, drop their wings and find a new mate to start a new colony with. If you see Winged Termites in or around your home you should certainly have it inspected, Swarmers are a clear indication that there is a termite nest near by. Winged Termites are attracted to light so they will go to light fixtures, window sills and doors it would be a good idea to get an inspection at that time to see if you have an active infestation. Drywood termites swarm throughout the warm season and do the same thing. Termites are very destructed and cause more damage than all natural disasters combined.
You can use the image below to help identify between Swarmers aka Winged Termites and Flying Ants. Even though the two look fairly similar, Swarmers have several identifiable characteristics. Even if you are unsure about weather you are seeing flying ants or winged termites you can always contact Easy Termite and inquire about our Free Termite Inspection. When it comes to the safety of your home it is always wise to take advantage of such an offer.