Flying Ants can be annoying pests at home that attacking your foods and other belongings. However, what is going to happen when those ants have wings and can fly around inside your house? That will be a more terrible moment, won’t it? But, don’t worry because there are some ways to control those flying ants effectively.
Why is Flying Ants at Home Problematic?
Winged ants or also known as alates are the female and fertile males that ready to leave the nest to breed and start a new colony or swarms. You should know that winged ants are different with flying termites. Although they might have the same body’s shape and size at a quick glance, they do differently. If you sift through them, you will see that winged ants have the dark-colored body, narrow waits, two elbowed antennas, and two sets of wings that the back is shorter than the front one.
During summer, you might get no problem since winged ants will live outdoors. If they go inside your house, they maybe went in individually through an open door or other gaps. However, the problem is raised during the winter or colder days. They need to find warmer areas to live and breed, so they will like to come inside your house. If you see lots of flying ants in-house, there is a high possibility that there is ant nest within the home structure. Mostly, they will start to build their nest in wooden materials inside your house.
How to Control Flying Ants?
There are some steps you can follow to stop flying ants inside your home, including:
- First, you need to identify their physical characteristics to ensure that the swarmed pests are winged ants, not winged terminates, because there is the different way to handle them.
- If you find only a small number of winged ants, you can simply use a chemical aerosol spray to kill them right away. There are lots of commercial aerosol sprays to control ants sold in the market so that you can choose one of them. Always ensure to follow the instructions to avoid hazardous misuse. Or, you can also create natural aerosol insecticide with peppermint oil mixed with liquid soap and water. Sometimes, dish soap also can be an effective insecticide that helps to dehydrate the ants to death.
- However, if flying ant swarms keep come into your house, it means they already build their nests between your home structures. So, you need to do some inspections in the entire home to figure out where they come from. Since ants usually live in the attics, damp, and moist areas, you should more thoroughly check specific locations such as bathroom, plumbing locations, under the sinks, basement areas, and so on. If you can’t find them inside the house, you should also check the outside area that near the building. You can find them by following their trail that leading them back to their nest.
- A large colony of ants might be hard to control via the aerosol spray, so you need a stronger mean. You can purchase gel bait at a local hardware store. Follow the instruction to administer the bait properly near their nest. If the ants take it back to their nest, it will kill off the entire colony at once. If you want a cheaper mean, you can just pour boiling water on the flying ant infestation.
Even if you succeed in controlling flying ants at once, the same problem may arise in the future. So, you need to at least do the prevention by managing the food waste in your kitchen to prevent ants from returning. Always keep food tightly in a container and deal with leftovers promptly so that they won’t be a free meal for ants.