Wait, there is such a thing as a flying ant?
Are you aware that ants could fly? It is okay if you didn’t but once you notice them, this could then start an issue. Flying ants can be eliminated with the right types of methods. Knowing how to spot them, and different ways to prevent them are found here.
Flying ants are typically treated like normal ants. These insects are seen between the months of April and June. They also typically come in packs just like normal ants. They can be found in common places such as window ledges and sliding glass doors. If you have any sweet food out on your counters in your home, this can be a typical place for them to gravitate to.
Flying Ants vs Termites
Before we dive into that, we must know the difference between a flying ant and a termite is. If you are experiencing either of these, you should know which one has infested your home. This is because there are different methods of getting rid of them. There are physical differences between flying ants and termites. Flying ants have larger fore wings from their hind wings, while termites’ wings are the same. They also have a tighter waist than termites. If it is hard to notice the difference in this, check your windowsills. If you see that there are discarded wings that are just lying around, you are dealing with termites.
Getting Rid of Flying Ants
Once you establish what type of insect you are dealing with, you need to know how to get rid of them. It is difficult to find the nests of flying ants. They often love areas that are easy to get into. They will commonly be around moisture and food sources. They also love cold, closed areas that are away from flooding and predators. Their most common predators are birds and lizards to staying out of sight are what they do the best.
One way to get rid of these insects is to get rid of their nest once it is found. Check under bathtubs, rotting tree stumps, wall voids, or even inside old wooden fences. The best way to get rid of a flying ant problem is to call a professional so that they can help find the nesting area and get rid of them. They will always make sure to take preventive measures so that they don’t find their way back.
Preventing Flying Ants
Flying ant prevention is like preventing regular ants. Make sure that you are keeping your kitchen clean. Washing away crumbs and spills that these bugs can be attacked too. They can also be attracted to water. Make sure that you are eliminating water sources and protecting crawl spaces, basements, and attics. Keeping tree branches and shrubs cut back is also important. These can provide homes for flying ants.
Dealing with any type of pest can be a pain to anyone. No matter the type of insect, there is no need for them to be infested in someone’s home. If you are noticing any type of infestation, IMEL professionals are who you need to be contacting. Our exterminators here at IMEL have been trained thoroughly to make sure that they get any job done in the best way possible. We make sure to find their nests, eliminate the problem. If you are needing someone to take a look at a possible infestation of flying ants, or have any other concerning questions, give us a call today. We are all happy to help with any needs necessary!