10 Tips on How to Control Flying Ants

Termites and Carpenter Ants

Ant and termite comparison
The difference between ants and termites. Courtesy Owl Pest Prevention

When a "winged ant" is flying around your home, it can be hard to tell whether it is an ant or a termite. And you probably don't really care near what it is as much as you want to know how to get rid of it! But to really get rid of it, you do need to know at least a little bit about it. So, following are 10 articles that discuss and provide tips on carpenter ants and termites, how to identify winged, flying ants, and how they can be controlled.

1. How to Tell the Difference Between Ants and Termites

Both carpenter ants and termites swarm to mate and reproduce. At first glance, the two may seem to be identical, but a closer look will show that there are significant differences. This article "shows and tells"  the physical differences between ants and termites, with brief information on control.

2. Indoor Flying Ants Are Not a Good Sign

Finding a winged ant or two indoors during the summer does not necessarily mean there is a problem, but if winged ants are seen in the home during the winter months, there is a strong likelihood that there is a carpenter ant nest within the structure. Why this is a problem and what to do.

3. Questions and Answers about Flying Ants

Have you seen a flying ant in your home? Worried about whether or not it's a problem? This article is similar to the one above, except that it addresses the issues in a question and answer format, providing answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about these winged ants.

4. The Carpenter Ant Winged Ants in Your Home

Specifically addressing carpenter ants, this article explains that although there are many species of carpenter ants, varying primarily by geography, all carpenter ants nest in wood and can cause damage to the wood of homes, buildings, and structures.

5. Control Carpenter Ants

If you've clicked through the above-listed articles, you probably now know more than you ever wanted to know about carpenter ants!

While still providing a bit of background (for those who haven't read the above), this article focuses what you really want to know – How to control and get rid of carpenter ants.

6. Winter Bugs, Rats and Mice

There's no doubt that summer is prime pest season. Insects are abundant; flies and mosquitoes buzz freely in through open doors and windows; and wildlife, including rats and mice, actively roam around grassy lawns and open fields. In addition to these, carpenter ants are one of the common pests noticed in homes in the winter.

7. Termite Facts. Did You Know ...? 

Did you know ... termites cause more than a billion dollars in damage every year in the U.S. alone? Or that approximately $2 billion per year is spent in the U.S. to prevent or treat for termites? Learn more than 20 facts about termites, including why they swarm, where they live, and signs of their presence.

8. Termites Cause Damage Across the U.S.

Although termites are rare in the northernmost areas of the northern states, they exist and cause damage in every state of the continental U.S. and Hawaii. In the southeast to mid-southern states and coastal California areas, termites are abundant. But whether minimal or heavy, any termite infestation can cause extreme damage.

Find out more about the three species of termites and suggestions for prevention.

9. Expert Recommendations for Termite Prevention

Once termites invade your home, you will almost always require professional treatment. However, there are a number of things you can do to help reduce the chance of termite infestation. This article provides expert recommendations from an entomology professor and extension specialist at The Ohio State University.

10. Prepare for Termite Service

Termite knowledge can help homeowners detect problems and understand control, but it is generally recommended that termite control be left to professional pest control operators (PCOs). So this article provides tips on preparing for termite service from a professional pest management company, a state university, and a county agricultural commissioner.