If you're lucky, you're probably not up-close to the insects around or in your home. This is great if you would prefer not to see too many of these pests, but it has its downsides too. Both carpenter ants and termites have wings and elongated bodies. They both swarm in the spring and love to chew through the wood in homes. Suppose you're not sure which one is which; it can ultimately affect whether your pest treatments work or not.