Welcome Summer! And welcome Swarmers! That’s right; we’ll get to see swarms of ants flying around us, especially in areas with ant infestation. Flying ants are not categorized as a separate species, these are carpenter ants; single and ready to mingle. Well to be more precise (and correct), flying ants are basically the queen and sexually mature reproductive male members of the colony. During their mating season (swarming) these reproductive ants come out of their nest, the male doesn’t survive long after mating while the queen sheds its wings and starts a new colony where it falls. Although not as harmful as termites, flying ants can still cause damage, especially to wood. So, how to get rid of flying ants around us? It can get a bit tricky because these are ants (pesky little creatures) and they are flying. Maintain reading in order to find natural solutions to get rid of flying ants.
Are Termites and Flying Ants the Same?
Although termites swarm and flying ants might look similar and both target wooden structures more commonly, but these are not the same species. There are many apparent differences between the two. Flying ants have a segmented waist which is narrow. They have wings that are all unequal in length and bent antennae. Whereas termites have wings that are equal in length and they have a flattened waist broadly joined. Unlike termites, flying ants are attracted to light and commonly can be seen flying under street lights at night.
How to Get Rid of Flying Ants:
Are you done sealing gaps, filling cracks and covering holes and still end up spotting flying ants around your space? Then it is time to take serious action and use ant baits and spray to get rid of these flying fellows.
All in One Flying Ant Spray:
A combination of soap, vinegar and essential oil with water is sure to kill the flying ants. Soap clings to their tiny bodies and suffocates them to death, whereas essential oils such as clove and lemon have properties to penetrate their outer waxy coating and dehydrate them until they die. A few drops of essential oils like peppermint or lavender can be used to mask the pungent smell of vinegar.
What you need:
Vinegar ½ c
Essential oils 7 drops each
Soap 4 tbsp
Water 2 c
Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle and you have your very own essential oil ant spray to get rid of ants. Spray directly on the flying ant’s swarm.
Caution: Natural ant repellent such as Tea Tree oil and Clove can be toxic; it is recommended that these be kept out of the reach of children. Make sure there is no one around when using this spray to avoid contact with eyes
Stick on Traps:
Double sided tapes and stick on traps are equally effective in getting rid of flying ants. Get creative with it. Use double-sided tapes on entryways near windows and doors, same goes for the stick on trap, hang it near the entryways and other places you’ve spotted ants flying around.
Flying ants won’t continuously fly for days, they will land and when they do, have your poisonous ant baits ready for them to nibble on. You can use a variety of food to set the bait and the same goes for the ant poison. There are a variety of natural ingredients that are toxic for ants, such as Borax, Baking Soda and Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE). Mix bait and toxin in equal quantities and place it where the ants are swarming.
What you need:
Sugar 1 c
DE/Borax 3 tbsp
Mix all ingredients together and divide into 2 or three parts. You can add a little bit of water (almost 1/3 c), it is optional. Place the bait where ants are flying.
Target the Ant Nest:
If you know where the nest is located then it is best to target the root cause of it all. There are many ways to eliminate the ant nest such as;
- Pour in Hot water
- Flood the nest by pouring in soapy water
- Place ant bait near the nest
- Use pesticide on the nest
These flying ants in the home are not a pleasant sight. Although a flying carpenter ant does not sting, it sure can bite if it feels threatened, so it is best to get rid of them while you can. The above set of natural remedies and instructions is sure to help you get rid of winged carpenter ants.