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Winged Ants On the Move: Swarming to Mate and Form New Colonies

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Winged Ants On the Move: Swarming to Mate and Form New Colonies

Winged Ant Queen

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Ants with Wings:

During certain times of the year, winged male and female ants leave the nest to mate and establish new colonies.

Winged Ants or Termites:

Winged ants can be distinguished from termites by three characteristics; their hind wings are shorter than the front while winged termites have equal sized wings. Winged Ants have bent antennae and those of winged termites are hairy and straight. Last, winged ants have hourglass figures with a narrow waist compared to the thicker waists of winged termites.

Winged Ants Swarming in the House:

When winged ants swarm in the home, their colony is likely to be located somewhere indoors, hidden in spots such as behind appliances, or inaccesible areas like beneath the home's slab or in wall spaces. Spray lime and soapy sprays on the ants as the first line of defense, opting to use pyrethrins only if less toxic methods are unsuccessful in eliminating the pests.

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