Flying Ant Control

We are your local flying ant control experts.

We control flying ants using materials that are pet and people friendly – with no odors or fumes!

On this page:

  • How we control flying ants
  • Flying ant info
  • Flying ant identification
  • Notes on controlling flying ants
  • How you can keep ants away

 

How we control flying ants

Safeguard’s enhanced flying ant control service starts with a super thorough inspection of your home and your yard. We look at the base of your home, the perimeter of your decks, porches, sidewalks, walkways and any other concrete features. We inspect your fence lines, trees, utility lines, landscaping edges, rockery and pavers. To get rid of flying ants, we want to find out where they are nesting and what type of ant they are.

We inspect attics and sub areas based on your type of construction and the areas you are seeing activity.

We do not use baits for flying ant control – as they are not effective and do not help get rid of flying ants.

Depending on your level of ant activity and the type of ant you have we will design a treatment solution for your ants, that meets your needs for safety and effectiveness.

This might include a recommendation for spraying the inside of your home as well. If you prefer not to have the inside sprayed, we will work with you to get rid of flying ants in an alterntaive manner.

All homes will need a thorough initial inspection and treatment. Any recommendation for follow up services will depend on the type of flying ant you have. Some home will not need any follow-ups, some would benefit from a quarterly inspection and treatment service.

We have preparation sheets for inside ant treatments and for exterior perimeter sprays to help you get rid of flying ants and get the most out of our services.

 

Flying ant info

Flying ants do not cause damage to structures. They are reproductives which start brand new nest sites. They worker ants, which do not have wings, which you may or may not see – are the ants to look out for they may be causing damage.

Flying ants are in indication that a nest of ants has been around a long time usually for 3 to 8 years or more.

Ants make new nest sites in two ways, a bunch of them get together and split off and leave, workers and queens, and go start a new nest – this is called budding. Or, they have a swarming flight where winged male and female ants mate in flight. The queens are always larger than the males – if you see two different sized winged ants, don’t worry you only have one kind.

In our area the most common winged ants are Carpenter ants, Moisture ants, and Odorous House ants. The treatment recommendations for all of these ants are very different.

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Left: Worker ants pushing potential carpenter ant queens out of the nest.

Right: Winged carpenter ant male, smaller than the female and the abdomen has a pointed tip.

 

Notes on controlling flying ants

Flying ants can aimlessly wander into a home. If you see one or two, you may not have a problem. However, most people who have flying ants in their homes, have a nest of ants that produced them inside their home. Ants of many kinds are often in homes for many years before they are noticed. You should have your home inspected.

Even, if you do not have a nest inside your home, you should think about having something done preventatively to keep from getting ants as they are obviously nesting nearby. Flying ants can only fly a short distance.

In the Northwest, we do have a species of termite which also flies in late summer, the Dampwood Termite. How do you tell ants and termites apart? Ants VS Termites

 

How you can keep ants away

There are actually a number of things that can be done to help keep ants away. Most of these steps will also make any service designed for controlling ants more successful with less use of pesticide.

Please visit our page: Ant Prevention to learn how.

 

 

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