It’s a bird, it’s a fly…..No It’s Flying Ants or is it Termites?

Most of us have heard of flying ants, and some of you may have experienced a swarm of them around your home. But what about flying termites? Yes, they exist. The question is, how do you tell them apart?

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Flying Ants- Pest Control Tucson

Although both are small insects that can fly, you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye.  However, if you took a magnifying glass to these little critters, you’d see differences.  For example, flying ants have a pinched waist and the female reproductive antenna’s are bent.  Where as winged termites have a straight waist and straight antennae.  Winged ants and termites typically swarm the day after a heavy rain during a specific season.   In Tucson they favor the Monsoon’s.

So what do you do if you find them in them in your home?  Break out that vacuum cleaner and vacuum them up, is a great place to start.

– Make sure all doors and windows
are closed to prevent entry

– Screen off all vents – This can help
with other unwanted pest

– Change out exterior light bulbs to yellow lights

Why do they swarm?  These swarms are used by flying ants and termites to reproduce.  After mating, they shed their wings and establish a new colony.  When flying ants or termites are found inside or around your home, this is an indication that there is a colony already present.  Signs of invasion from both these insects include (but are not limited to), termite tunnels and ant hills.

Although a very small percentage survive and are actually successful at finding their mate it is a good idea to be safe than sorry.  If you have seen signs of ant or termite swarming this may be an indication of a pest problem.  If you believe you may have a pest problem, or would like to learn more about extermination solutions for your home, feel free to contact Essential today.

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