Flying ants. Winged ants. Swarmers. Swarming ants.
That is what we call them when, after a few days of rain, these flying ants suddenly appear inside the house swarming around a light or a window or on the walls outside the house or at the top of a mountain.
The reality is they have been kicked out of their colony...sent out to mate and die. The queen emerges looking to mate, loses her wings quickly, and drops to the ground to try to start a new colony.
By the end of the day, both ants or termites lose their wings and expire.
This swarming happens so regular that it the swarming event is known as Flying Ant Day or Flant Day in some places.
- 3 part body
- a pinched waist
- bent antennae
- its probably summer
- 2 part body
- a broad or no waist
- straight antennae
- its probably spring
FLYING ANT CONTROL: Do you have a problem? Maybe yes. Maybe no.
- If the swarm came to the side walls outside your house, no problem. Just vacuum up their wings and remains.
- If the swarm came from within your house, maybe you have a termite problem that you must deal with right away. Catch 1 or 2, figure out whether the winged insect is an ant or a termite and you must take action if it is a termite. CLICK HERE FOR WHAT YOU SHOULD DO.