Flying ants are not just a single type of ant, but are actually the mating pairs of many different types of ants. They are often confused for winged termites. A way to tell the difference is flying ants have elbowed antennae, their hind wings are smaller than their front wings and they have a constricted waist. Termites, on the other hand, have beaded antennae, their hind and fore wings are the same length and their waist is broad and not constricted.

Though, it may be difficult to get a close enough look to determine the difference, another way you can tell is termites discard their wings. Usually around window sills but you may also see them around the house.

In Texas, flying ants are triggered by humid and hot July or August weather. When the weather is just right for them, they will swarm. This is their mating season and they mate in a swarm to protect them from potential harm.

Males are smaller than the females and the largest females are the queens. The queens will chew off their wings after mating and begin searching for a new area to dig a nest. Thus, creating a new colony of ants.

Places a new queen may form a nest are different based on which type of ant they are. Some examples of potential nest sites are:

  • Rotted out trees or stumps
  • Inside old wood
  • Under mulch, debris or even just loose soil
  • Along concrete edges such as driveways, sidewalks and foundations

Preventive measures:

  • Store wood and logs away form the structure of your home
  • Trim bushes and trees away from the house
  • Eliminate food and water sources
  • Check for water leaks

If you feel you may have an ant issue, hiring a professional pest control provider can help you with these annoying insects. Contact us at 214-321-2847!