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Is this a flying ant or termite?

 
 
melo
 
Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2021 02:21 pm
Hello all

Are these flying ants or termites? I’ve been noticing them showing up, and scared of being termite. Need to know what to do… if anybody experienced could help me with my new home, I would appreciate it.

https://i.ibb.co/v3TW1pJ/A492-D498-AFFD-4-BDF-95-CB-BD6-CE9-F032-F0.jpg https://i.ibb.co/gZ23F2p/CF99-A40-A-3625-42-F7-A375-857-EC31-FECD7.jpg
 
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2021 03:37 pm
@melo,
Definitely termites!
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engineer
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2021 04:11 pm
@melo,
https://cdn.branchcms.com/dYe6pXd6kE-1104/images/blog/termite-vs-ant-2018-blog.jpg

Based on the straight antenna, uniform waste I would say termite
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2021 04:52 pm
@engineer,
wow, good informational grafic.
Im always seeing these things around barns , and i have a bug guys come in twice a year.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2021 05:29 pm
@farmerman,
I have often wondered how you and engineer can know so much about everything.
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2021 09:51 pm
@roger,
I had no idea about telling a male ant from a male termite till I saw Engineers diagram. Complete, eloquent, simply displayed, brilliant!

very spring I go around the bases of my barns (those not made of stone and I SHOVE tongue depressers into the soil and leave em for about a month. I go back and see if anybosy's been munchin on my popicle sticks, then I call my bug guy. In barns the biggest problem is powder post beetles, wood eting bees, and acrobat ants.
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RABEL222
 
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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2021 12:34 pm
Ants have narrow waist and as engender pointed out termites have a straight waste.
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hightor
 
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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2021 12:59 pm
Over the years I noticed some interesting gull behavior — there'd be a warm afternoon and the sky would fill with herring gulls and laughing gulls and they looked to be behaving like swallows, catching insects on the wing. A good pair of binoculars showed them doing just that, behavior I didn't expect from gulls. After a few years of making this observation I realized that this was being done on the same afternoon when the flying ants emerged. And eventually I established that was exactly what they were doing! I never knew that this was a thing! They're even known to get intoxicated on the formic acid — don't believe me? Do a search.

https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birdwatchersgeneralstore.com%2FLaughingGulllScene.jpg&f=1&nofb=1
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2021 02:36 pm
@hightor,
like cedr waxwings get relly hammered on crab apples in late winter.
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