What Are Flying Ants?
In order to get rid of flying ants, we must first understand where they come from. The reason you only see flying ants once a year is because that’s when they mate. This ritual only lasts about 10 hours and once it’s over; you will not see flying ants for another year.
Once a year these ants grow wings and when the weather is just right, they all set out and fly with the Queen in order to mate and find new colonies.
The weather must be hot and muggy, and wind speeds must be just right so the ants can easily get to a new location without injuring their wings along the way.
Locate Their Colony
Just because you don’t see flying ants does not mean you are not infested with a colony. When you see flying ants, it’s important to figure out where they’re coming from.
When you find the location of the colony they are flying from; you can figure out the best plan of attack. Ants can cause damage to your house just like termites do.
Flying ants go where the wind goes, so this makes locating them pretty simple. First off, you want to use Aerosol sprays at the location of entry.
This will kill the ants on contact. Aerosol sprays can be applied directly to the ant colony. It is important to identify that yes, these are flying ants and not termites.
Simply looking up pictures of both flying ants and termites will make it pretty apparent which is which but you can also contact your local pest control to verify.
If you don’t have the time to locate the colony or simply do not want to be bothered with trying to get rid of flying ants you can contact pest control for an estimate.
While this can be a bit on the pricey side, you can rest assured that your problem will be taken care of quickly and effectively; stopping further damage.
If you don’t want to spray harmful chemicals around your children or pets you can create your own concoction made from honey or sugar and Borax that the ants will carry back to their colony and kill almost on contact.
Simply sprinkling cinnamon around your home keeps ants away because they do not like the strong scent. Dish detergent also kills ants on contact and may be placed on top of the ant mounds.