Even experienced pest control operators mistake termites for carpenter ants, especially during their spawning season when the are winged. The treatment for the two insects are very different. If you treat for carpenter ants, and you actually have termites, you spent money on a treatment that will likely not work and then the termites can continue their damage.
Of course, you should always have a qualified pest inspector inspect your entire home. But if you ever find yourself in the circumstance of trying to figure out what you have, use the chart below to help you identify if you have termites or not. Questions? Contact me!