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Flying Ants: Why They Suddenly Appear & How to Get Rid of Them

We understand how frustrating it can be to deal with an ant infestation, but it’s even worse when they have wings and can fly! Flying ants can be difficult to control, but with a quality pest control company like Rodent Solutions in your corner, the problem will be over before you know it.  Below, we will explore why flying ants suddenly appear and how to get rid of them.   

Flying Ants

Flying Ants: An Overview 

Flying ants, also known as alates, are a common sight during the spring and summer months. These are typically the reproductive members of the ant colony and are responsible for starting new colonies. They have two pairs of wings, with the front pair larger than the back pair. They can range from ¼ inch to ½ inch in length.  

Flying Ants Are Commonly Confused with Termites

These ants are often mistaken for termites because of their similar appearance and behavior.  They are very different, though.  Flying ants have elbowed antennae, a narrow waist, and longer front wings, while termites have straight antennae and a thick waist. One of the main reasons why flying ants are confused with termites is that they have similar-looking wings. Both of these insects have two pairs of wings, but there are some critical differences between them. Flying ants have larger front wings and smaller hind wings, while termites have wings of the same size and shape.  Despite their similarities, flying ants and termites have different behaviors and habits. Termites are known for causing extensive damage to homes and other wooden structures.  Flying ants do not typically cause structural damage.

Are Flying Ants Dangerous?

Flying ants are generally not considered dangerous to humans. They do not transmit diseases like some other pests. They can be a nuisance and may cause some problems if left unchecked.  One potential problem with flying ants is that they may bite if threatened. The bites are usually not serious or venomous.  They can be painful and irritating, though. Some people may also experience an allergic reaction to the ant’s bite, which can cause swelling, redness, and itching.  They certainly do not have the risks the fire ants carry with them.  Check out the article below to learn more about those nasty little insects.

Read More: How To Get Rid Of Fire Ants On Your Bradenton Property

Why Do Flying Ants Appear? 

They appear when an existing ant colony has grown too large, and it’s time for a new colony to be formed. The winged ants leave their current colony, searching for a mate and a suitable location to start a new colony. This process is known as swarming and can last for several days.  Males typically die soon after mating, while the females shed their wings and search for a suitable nesting site to establish a new colony.  During summer, flying ants will emerge from their nests to mate and establish new colonies. This is known as the “nuptial flight.”  The large number of flying ants present during nuptial flight is thought to be an adaptation to increase the chances of successful mating.  

Are Flying Ants Good Fliers?

They are generally good fliers capable of flying in adverse weather conditions like wind and rain.  This can make them more challenging to control or exterminate.  Their ability to fly is essential to their survival, allowing them to mate and establish new colonies in different locations.  While they may not be as adept at flying as other insects, they can still fly for long distances and reach high altitudes. The wings of flying ants are usually clear or brownish in color and have a network of veins that help to strengthen them during flight. Flying ants have been known to cause airplane flight disruptions when they swarm in large numbers.  Overall, while flying ants may not be the most skilled fliers in the insect world.  However, they can undoubtedly navigate through the air and are well-adapted to their role in the ecosystem. 

Are Flying Ants A Certain Type of Ant?

They are not a specific type of ant but rather a stage in the life cycle of several different ant species. When ant colonies reach a particular size and maturity, they will produce winged ants, also known as alates, which are the reproductive members of the colony.  The specific type of ant that produces flying ants can vary depending on where you live and the environmental conditions in your area.  For a list of the main ant species found in our area, follow the link below.  

Read More10 Ant Species Found in the Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Bradenton, & Parrish areas of Florida

Are Flying Ants Attracted to White Surfaces? 

There’s a rumor floating around that they are attached to “white.”  White cars, houses, plants, etc.  While they are not explicitly attracted to white surfaces, they are attracted to light, which can often be reflected off white surfaces, making them more visible.

Preventing Flying Ant Infestations 

While these ants typically will appear and disappear quickly as they develop new colonies or die off, there is one vital key to help ensure your home doesn’t become their next new colony. Regular pest control service from quality pest control company like Rodent Solutions can help you keep a protective barrier at your home for when they do show up one day.  Regular pest control service is your best bet.  Here are some basic tips to keep these pesky insects at bay when they do try to move into your area.

      • Keep your home or business clean and free of food debris.

      • Seal any cracks or crevices around windows and doors.

      • Trim back any trees or shrubs touching your home or business.

      • Fix any leaky pipes or faucets to eliminate sources of moisture.

     How to Get Rid of Flying Ants? 

    How you get rid of winged ants will depend on the type of ant that they are.  As mentioned above, regular pest control is your best bet.  However, they might break through and find a new opening other ants haven’t found.  A thorough inspection of your yard and the exterior of your property should locate hot spots. Once you’ve identified the source, our exterminators can use many different baits or insecticides to eliminate them. 

    A Final Word

    Dealing with a winged ant infestation on your own can be frustrating.  Teaming up with the best pest control company near you is always your best bet to remedy the situation quickly.  Rodent Solutions has earned that reputation.  We have been awarded Nextdoor’s Favorite Pest Control Company in 2021 & 2022.  We also have a 5-Star Google Rating from our many happy customers.  We are a locally owned and operated small business, and we would love the chance to earn your long-term business.  Contact us today!  



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