For anyone who still has that adventurous kid still living inside them, it can be interesting to stumble upon a flying ant. After all, ants with wings are cool. Cool, that is, unless you mistake them for a wasp. If you did, it wouldn't be surprising. Ants have a pinched waist, just like many wasps, and ants can have a somewhat pointed abdomen, that might make you think there is a stinger in there. This can make you jump a little bit if they catch you by surprise. But, you don't have to worry about those ants stinging you. There is, however, another reason you may want to be worried when you run into a flying ant, or two, or more.
If you have a big, black or reddish flying ant crawling around on your window, you don't have to be concerned about it stinging or biting you. What you do need to worry about is just exactly what does that flying ant mean. Flying ants are a sign that there is a mature nest nearby. This type of ant is produced when an ant nest gets near to its maximum population. If that flying ant is a carpenter ant, you could be in trouble.
Carpenter ants chew tunnels and galleries through wood. Over time, this can cause structural issues that can be extremely hard to repair. If you're seeing flying carpenter ants crawling around your home, it means two things. You already have carpenter ant damage--and that damage is about to get worse.
Flying ants are looking for a place to make a new nest and that means a new population of wood-chewing pests is about to be established inside your walls.
How Do You Get Rid Of Flying Ants?
Flying ants are actually easy to get rid of. Take a vacuum cleaner and suck them up. Yup. that's all you have to do. But when you do this, you're not taking care of the real problem. You may have a nest of non-winged ants living inside your walls, and chewing through the wood of your home. If you want to protect your investment, you need to deal with the root of the issue.
If you live in our New York service area, reach out to us for immediate service. Parkway Pest Services has been protecting homes and business in New York since 1932. Our team has the experience and education to properly diagnose your ant problem and arrest the damage those ants are doing to your property.
Flying ants are fascinating. There is no doubt about it. But if the wrong flying ants are in your home, they are also a warning sign. Heed the warning and protect your equity with professional ant control from Parkway Pest Services.