Many types of ant species produce flying / winged ants. If you see flying ants in or on your home you may have a lot more 'non-flying' ants nesting in, on, or under your home. Flying ants are reproductives that start new nest sites - from current nest sites.
It can be difficult to tell which type of ant you have - based on the flying ants / winged ants you see. But based on where you see them and when you see them we can usually narrow it down. We perform free on site estimates for most species of ants that produce flying ants.
One type of flying ant:
Male winged ant
Species- Carpenter Ant
All ants belong to the family 'hymenoptera' which literally means 'to mate in flight'. The flying ant is not a good flier and ants with wings typically cannot fly more than a half mile. The flying ant usually breaks off its wings during its mating flight or soon thereafter.
Many types of ant species produce winged ants, flying ants, or ant swarmers. When and where you see the the winged ants can help us tell you which type of ants are causing your problem.
Most of our calls about winged ants end up being about Carpenter Ants or Moisture Ants. Both of these ant species produce flying ants in their nests, and both types of winged ants swarm into, onto, and out of homes.
If you have flying ants in the spring, April or May, you probably have Carpenter Ants. Carpenter Ants come in different sizes and colors and you should visit our Carpenter Ant page more info.
If you have winged ants in late summer, you probably have flying moisture ants. Check out our link to Moisture Ants.
Although winged ants tend to get our attention fairly quickly, the worker ants, the ones you don't see, or haven't been worrying about, are the ants that do all the work, and all the damage. Long before there were flying ants, and long after the flying ants disappear, the worker ants will still be hidden away in your sub area, inside your walls, or under your home, making more ants, and often doing damage to your home.
Carpenter ant winged female on the upper left,
Winged male on the upper right.
Below, left to right: Minor, Media, and Major workers.
To get rid of winged ants, you need to know what kind of worker ant you have, what kind of ant species. You get rid of the flying ants, when you get rid of all the ants.
We have links to pages about most common ants, up and to the left. If you would rather call someone and talk to an ant expert, we would love to discuss how to get rid of flying ants with you. We are fast, effective, and local. We offer honest, quality service. We would love to get rid of flying ants for you.
Ants are closely related to bees and wasps. But they are not closely related to termites. It is easy to mistake winged ants for winged termites, however, due their similar shapes.
Winged termites have a fat body and two sets of equal length wings.
Winged ants have a wasp type waist, with three distinct body parts. They have two sets of wings - one big set, and one smaller.
Since many types of ants produce winged reproductives it may not be possible to tell which type of ant you have by the fact that it has wings. Winged ant females are typically much larger than even the largest ant workers in a colony. Winged males may be the same size as workers, or much smaller. Carpenter ants females may as big as a full inch, Moisture ants females may be over a half inch in length.
By far, the most common large black ants with wings are carpenter ant reproductives. Visit here for more info on CARPENTER ANTS
The extra muscles needed by ants to operate wings, and the extra tissue to connect them to their bodies, distorts the natural shape of the insects body, making it much more difficult to identify. But keep some samples and we would be happy to drop by and identify them for you at no charge.
There is a really good chance that you have some sort of ant infestation. Its possible one or two just wondered in but you should have your home inspected. The parent nest responsible for those winged ants is within a half mile of your home and maybe much closer than that. Such as in your house, your yard, or next door at your neighbors.
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