Carpenter ants can be many colors and sizes. They typically are dark and larger than other ants. They can have wings when they are in their “reproductive” stage. Carpenter ants without wings are the “worker” ants and are commonly found during the spring when mating. If you find a few random winged carpenter ant in your house, the nest is probably outside, however, if you find many, you may have a large infestation which can be causing significant damage to your home.
The difference between termites and carpenter ants:
- Carpenter ants are typically black or brown while termites are brown to a light brown color.
- Carpenter ants antennae are bent and termite antennae are straight.
- Carpenter ants have a defined waist, where as termites have a longer body with no waist.
- Carpenter ants have two sets of wings, but their front wings are longer than their hind wings. Termites also have two wing sets, but their sets are equal lengths.