Well the warm weather is here! And along with the blooming of your peonies, roses and day lilies, comes the inevitable swarming season for many insects. While many people note seeing ants with wings at this time, most people in Ontario don’t realize that termites are producing reproductive that have wings as well. While the termite reproductive is not as common in Canada as it is in the United States, Aetna has noticed an increased amount of termite swarming activity over the last decade in Toronto and the GTA.
The difference between a winged termite and a winged ant is easy to identify. Termites have straight antennae while winged ants (and all ants for that matter) have elbowed antennae; termites have two pairs of wings of equal length whereas, ants have two pair of unequal wings in length; and termite have thick waists whereas winged ants have thin waists and distinct constrictions between body parts.
We are fortunate in Canada that our harsh Canadian winters do not make for conducive environment for termite swarming activity. However, next time you see what looks like an ant (particularly near or on a window sill, termite reproductives are attracted to light) have a second look and double check whether it really is an ant you are looking at, or possibly a termite.
If you have a sample of the ants, or any insect you need identified, feel free to bring them into our office at 1828 Danforth Ave on Monday to Friday 9 to 5pm for a free insect identification.