Identify the InsectIllustration of flying termite and flying ant.
Before you attack the ants (or the nest), you need to first make sure that you’re actually dealing with flying ants – not
At first glance, it’s difficult to tell the difference between the two. But these two insects have a few distinctive qualities.
Winged ants have antennae that are bent, and they have thin waists. Flying ants also have two different sized wings, with a smaller set of hind wings.
Termites have straight antennae, a wide waist, and their wings are equal size.
If you do have flying ants, move onto the next step.
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But if you’re dealing with termites, call a professional exterminator right away. Termites can cause serious, expensive damage in a short amount of time, and you don’t want to take half measures when trying to get rid of them.
2. Use a Commercial Aerosol Spray
If you’re dealing with only a small amount of winged ants, you can use a commercial aerosol spray to get rid of them.
You can pick up a can of commercial bug poison at your local home improvement store.
Aerosol sprays are more effective because they’re easy to direct and can easily target flying ants.
Please take care when using these sprays. Don’t point them at yourself, others or pets. If you’re going to use the spray inside, make sure that it’s safe for indoor use.
3. Dish Soap
A simple mixture of water and dish soap is an effective way to kill these winged insects. The soap dehydrates the ant, killing it in the process.
Just fill up a spray bottle with soap and water, and go to town.
The great thing about this spray is that it’s non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about using it indoors (aside from the fact that it’s messy), and it won’t hurt kids or pets.
4. Lay Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth (DE) will kill ants through dehydration. The powder actually contains little sharp edges that slice right through the body of the ants. And if the ants eat it, it will shred their insides.
Ideally, you want to place DE inside of the nest. But if you can’t locate the nest, try creating a perimeter around a food source that will attract the ant. The ant will walk through the DE, and die shortly after.
Make sure that you use food-grade DE, which is safe to use around kids and pets. Do not wet the powder. It needs to be dry for the sharp edges to be truly effective.
5. Track Down the Nest, and Attack
If you’re dealing with an ant invasion, you need something a bit more thorough than spraying ants with a bottle of soap. Otherwise, you may be there all day and night attacking these pests.
Before you put your plan of attack into motion, put on your investigator cap and track down the nest. The best way to find the nest is to follow the trail of ants. They’ll usually lead you right to their nest.
Killing the colony is a permanent solution, and will kill both the flying ants as well as their grounded cousins.
Once you’ve found the nest, use a commercial pesticide to kill the colony. Ideally, you want to choose a bait that the ants will take back to their nest.
6. Set a Trap with Borax and SugarTrap made out of jar, paper funnel, lemon and sugar inside.
Borax is lethal to ants. Mix it with something sweet, and they’ll take this sweet-smelling bait back to the nest for everyone to feast on.