Flying ants come in many varieties, including carpenter ants that might try to nest in your home and harmless black ants. The wings on flying ants are sometimes temporary, and the insects will die after a day or two. Usually they are flying either to find a new nest or to mate. The best way to get rid of flying ants in your home is to make it unappealing to them.
Things You'll Need
- Vacuum, mop, other cleaning supplies
- Boric acid powder
Find out if you have flying ants or termites. They look similar when they are flying around, but ants have a pinched waist, bent antennae and come out in the summer, while termites have no waist, straight antennae and come out in the spring.
Remove any places from around your home that ants like to nest in. This includes any wooden boards, firewood or crates.
Clean your home thoroughly to remove any food sources for ants to feed on. Clean the floors with a vacuum and mop any hard surfaces with a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar. Wipe down your counters, clean the dishes and sink after every use and dispose of all your food-related garbage. If the ants have nothing to eat, they won't come into your home.
Sprinkle boric acid powder along the area the ants enter at, be it a window or door. If you have small children or animals, keep them away from the area until the ants are dead, as boric acid is a strong poison.
- Pest Control Rx: Flying Ants: How to Get Rid of Flying Ants ... Today
- "What's Buggin' You?: Michael Bohdan's Guide to Home Pest Control;" Michael Bohdan; 1998
- Photo Credit Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images
How to Get Rid of Flying Ants Outside
If you're startled at the sight of flying ants, don't be too alarmed. During the spring, ants grow wings and fly to...
Winged Ants in the House in the Wintertime
The presence of winged ants inside your home during the winter months is a good indication that you have a nest in...
How to Get Rid of Flying Ants in Mulch
Flying ants, found during summer months, are social and live in groups. They are often attracted to mulch because of its organic...
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Flying Ants
The presence of flying ants normally occurs in the spring and summer months and can quickly become a regular occurrence in your...
How to Get Rid of Flying Ants
Flying ants can be a real problem, and the first step in getting rid of them is finding out where they are...