What do you think?

After further review (http://www.pestproducts.com/flyingants.htm#antvterm)

thin waist = ant?!?

Flying ants have three body parts, termites pinched behind the head. I can’t tell from the pictures what you are looking at, but hope that helps.

To positively identify these critters I would need a much larger closeup. Carpenter ants have a specific thorax shape which is the most accurate identifier. Unlikey they would be termites in the open like that.

You have mail

Unless they just swarmed, I have never seen a termite just walking around. If there are no wings in the area, I would bet that they are not termites.

For my reports, I’d take a picture up close.

Kill one.
Put it on a piece of white paper.
Set your camera on micro.
Get in close and focus.
Take the shot.

Look for elbowed antennae for ants - straight for wingless termite.

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I was able to do a little editing to the picture and zoom in to the insect in question and it is a carpenter ant and not a termite. Believe me I am a certified pest control operator in Florida (Termiteville).

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Ben’s photo shows the true way to determine carpenter ant identity. The thorax on all other ants is not smoothly rounded like the one shown. Without seeing a side view it’s really difficult to identify. Size and color are not identity features.