Flying ants | tips and tricks to keep them away from my home
on Thursday, June 20, 2013 by Terminix
Ants in their wingless form are easily recognizable, but flying ants aren’t always as easily identifiable. Once you’ve confirmed that you’re dealing with flying ants, you can try these tips and tricks to prevent them from entering your home.
Flying ants vs. termites
Flying ants are the winged queens and kings that fly out of ant colonies to mate and start new colonies, and they are often confused with winged, swarming termites. Although flying ants and termites can swarm around the same time of year, there are ways to tell the difference between the two. Winged ants have pinched waists and two pair of wings that differ in size and shape. Winged termites have pigmented bodies with broad waists and two pair of wings that are equal in size and shape. If the insect you’re looking at has hind wings that are much smaller than the front wings, you have ants. Another way to distinguish between winged ants and winged termites is to examine the antennae. Winged ants have elbowed antennae, while a termite’s antennae are straight and beaded.
Flying ant damage
Flying ants do not cause any damage. However, carpenter ants can damage wooden structures in your home as they may chew galleries into damp wood to form a nest.
Flying ant prevention
Swarms of flying ants are present in or around a home because an ant colony is present. The best way to prevent flying ants is to be aware when ants are present, then take steps to control them. When flying ants occur indoors, calling a pest professional for help is a good first option. The winged forms of ants are difficult to identify, even for trained entomologists. A couple of types of ants, however, are easier to identify including those of carpenter ants, pavement ants and citronella ants.
Solutions for controlling flying ants
Most species of ants produce winged reproductive ants that fly out in swarms, and it is often impossible to successfully treat for them unless you address the entire colony. Different pest ant species may require different control strategies, so the best option is to contact a professional pest control company to arrange for ongoing pest control services.
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