Swarming Ants In Maryland

05/28/2015


Ants   

There is something just a little unnerving when swarms of flying insects suddenly appear on your property—or worse yet, in your house. A closer look tells you that they are ants equipped with wings! Or are they winged termites? As with all pests, the first and most important assignment is to properly identify which pest is creating your problem. Accurate identification always preceded successful extermination.

While swarming ants and swarming termites may look similar at first glance, there are at least three characteristics that will help you determine which insect has just infested your property. Consider the following:

  • Swarming ants are equipped with four wings, the front pair of which is quite larger than the hind pair.

  • Their antennae are bent in a 90* shape much like that of an elbow.

  • They have a very narrow, hourglass shaped waist. The termite has a very broad waist and straight shaped body.

Now that you have determined that your Maryland home has been bombarded with swarming ants, lets discuss swarmers. What are they? A swarmer is a member of the reproductive caste of the ant colony. These male and female reproducers are the future kings and queens of other ant colonies. At the proper time of the year they come boiling out of the nest in large numbers. This huge cloud of insects is referred to as a swarm. This insect mating swarm is also known and referenced as a reproductive flight.

Actually, a sudden appearance of swarming ants is not as problematic as the continual marching of worker ants crawling across your breakfast bar. Swarming usually takes place one day and then they are gone. If you have not previously had ant problems in your house, the sudden presence of a swarm will indicate that an ant nest is not far away but not necessarily in your home. Unless of course, the swarm occurs inside your house.

To find swarming ants in your home and/or the continual marching of worker ants showing up in the kitchen is a strong indication that you have an active ant colony in close proximity of your home that must be treated.

American Pest has been providing Maryland with quality pest management services since 1925. You can be assured that, with more than 100 highly trained pest professionals, you will get superior treatment in the safe and effective removal of those pesky ants. While there, American Pest will also advise you of other pest problems of which you may be unaware. Contact us today to get started.

 






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