Have you notice flying insects around your home? However, they don’t seem to resemble cockroaches. Rather, they look like ants with wings.
Flying ants commonly appear during spring and summer seasons in homes situated in the northern and eastern regions in the Australia. There are a lot of this insect’s varieties, ranging from small to large ones, harmless to poisonous. You’ll be glad to know the poisonous ones rarely visit homes. However, the infestation, while not necessarily life threatening or dangerous, can cause a considerable nuisance.
Due to its confusing similar physical make-up, flying ants are often mistaken for termites. It’s only when you look closely that you’ll notice the difference between the two insects. Termites are missing a thorax while flying ants have it.
What Causes Flying Ant Infestation
Wondering what invites flying ants into your home? During summer, there’s a single mating day where winged male ants look for the queen to mate. These flying male ants are largely visible in large trees, chimney roofs, and other prominent landscapes. After mating with the queen ant, these males die two or three days thereafter. The queen, on the other hand, takes off to start a colony.
In addition to their primal mating instincts, flying ants usually wander in search of food. These winged insects would hover over kitchen tables or counter tops. You’d also likely see swarms over the litterbox.
Getting Rid of Flying Ants
Exterminating measures are rarely required since flying ants disperse on their own. But if the situation becomes particularly serious and the need to exterminate them is pressing, flying ants generally respond to common pest control methods, including do-it-yourself means.
Before resorting to pesticides or its non-chemical alternatives, consider these solutions to keep flying ants away from your home. First off, you may destroy the nearby colonies to stop infestations in the future. If you are unable to locate the colony, you can resort to proper waste management.
Make sure food debris like breadcrumbs and other leftovers wiped off the dining table or counter top. There may be a residue of the food you had so it’s important to dab the surface with a damp cloth. Seal off the trash to keep off from other insects. To ensure that the kitchen area is devoid of leftovers, sweep or mop the floor. For proper storage, keep the food in a tight-lid container.
Flying ants tend to set up colonies in the crevices in the roof. Prevent an infestation by sealing off these tiny nooks or gaps, including the windows and doors.
Pesticides are a common solution against these winged insects. Simply spray the substance in critical areas and you’re off to an insect-free home. However, the use of this method should be exercised with caution, and preferably the non-chemical, less harmful alternative.
Ordinary pesticides are generally available in supermarkets and can eliminate most insects, including these winged ants. In the event of a heavy infestation or when the ants involved are of a dangerous variety, it is highly recommended that you get in touch with a pest control professional.