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Are these Termites or Ants?

As a normal home owner who is not trained in pest biology, it can be challenging to differentiate between Termites and Ants. Besides physical outlook difference, Termite has a thick waist whereas Ants has a thin waist. Ants’ antennae are elbowed however Termites are straight antennae. Termites have same size wings whereas Ants are never the same size and shape.

Their habits differ as well. Ants live on water to survive and feed on dead insects, seeds, fruits, but termites need to eat wood for 24 hours daily. This is a crucial difference, because the house we live in are build out of wood and structural or cellulose materials that places the cosy home at risk of termite infestation.

Ants tend to build their nests outdoors, or behind baseboards, between cabinets and inside the soil of potted plants, but a termite live in underground colonies with as many as 2 million members.


Because of termite’s hard, saw-toothed jaws, they are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time, and causing detrimental impact to a beautiful home, such as collapsed ceiling, damaged wall and resulting in time and heavy financial costs in renovation and repair.

While ants’ infestation can be visually obvious, termite infestation tends to be severe if they become visually apparent.

Rentokil uses comprehensive termite inspection technology to accurately detect the presence of termite activities to give home owners a peace of mind. Residents should avoid guessing and subject your home to chance of a potential termite infestation.

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Here are some additional differences to identify if that is a termite-infested outcome in your home. The presence of mud shelter tubes which termites build out of mud and faecal matter. When you are wiping or cleaning windows and floor, check to see if there are any swarmer or discarded wings, which are usually the first sign of early termite infestation. Lastly, observe the condition of home, if there is presence of damaged or eaten wood. 

Ants on the other hand, crawl over food and could develop into an ant nest. They usually form an ant trial, as they travel to and from their food source in an organised manner. You may spot them in presence of food supplies. While ants do not pose major or detrimental implications like termites do, ants are also able to grow over time and forming a regular to large colony if the problem is left untreated. Find out how to keep your ants’ problem under control before it creates a home problem for you. 

While ants are easier to spot and identify, how do we know if there are termites in the home if we do not see any presence of mud tubes or discard wings? Digital detection using microwave technology and liquid crystals are designed to display signals or any interruption activities caused by termite movements. This also means, we can have a clear visibility on any presence of termites, nesting in any parts of your home. Request for your home detection now.

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