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

flying-ants-controlExterminating 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.

Cockroaches are among the most common household pests. Here are some interesting facts about the grimly icky insects.

Did you know archaeological evidence indicates that cockroaches have existed about 350 to 400 million years ago? These insects have walked the earth, survived all the adverse conditions and lived to tell the tale. Experts even suggested that cockroaches may outlive humans in the event of a nuclear disaster, having a better resistance to radiation as against humans.

There are over 4,000 cockroach species, but only about 30 of them coexist with the human population. While there may be differences in their physical make-up, all species share that same flat and broad physical characteristic. Roaches have small heads, two eyes, two antennae, and an underlying mouth. Some may have a pair of wings while others have none but all of them have six legs.

On the outside, cockroaches appear as brown or black. The tropical varieties, however, have a red, yellow, or green exoskeleton. In rare instances, there are albino cockroaches. When their outer skin layer is dropped, these species have white-colored bodies with black eyes. Within hours after the skin shedding, they will return to their dark body colour.

Did you know cockroaches don’t have blood vessels that transmit blood throughout their tiny bodies? They do, however, have an organ that acts as their heart; it resembles a tube-like structure that facilitates the circulation of blood to the anterior and posterior areas of their bodies.

When it comes to their sensory capabilities, cockroaches make use of their antennae to find food or find their way. The antennae also act as their nose, using it to smell objects they encounter. They also use this appendage for touching.

Cockroaches have amazing eyes. Did you know each eye has over 2,000 lenses, which help them see in all directions and detect motion? According to experts, this enables cockroaches to see two or more objects at the same time.

With claws at the tip of their legs, cockroaches are able to walk on walls. The hair on the legs also helps in sensing touch.

Cockroaches are known to survive for hours (or even days) without its head. The decapitated, headless insects, however, die as a result of lack of water; the absence of its underlying mouth parts, which are located in the head, makes it difficult for drinking.

With the exception of the Asian variety, cockroaches are nocturnal creatures and would very much prefer the cover of darkness. They also love the damp locations. Thus, you’ll likely spot them in areas like behind cabinets, furniture, basements, or under the stairs. You can tell their presence by the offensive smell they usually leave behind.

It is common knowledge that cockroaches are carriers of disease-causing germs. They also trigger allergy or asthma symptoms. For individuals who are sensitive, cockroach infestation must be exterminated immediately.

But despite their nasty reputation, cockroaches are a delicacy in some cultures. In fact, these insects are even considered as a folk remedy. To treat dropsy, cockroach tea is served while fried roaches, which are served with garlic, offer a therapeutic effect against indigestion. The oriental variety, when powdered, is used as a treatment for urinary tract problems. Crushed roaches, on the other hand, are used on wounds.