Insects

Flying Ants – What is the Purpose of Winged Ants?


It’s bad enough that ants can march across any surface and into the smallest nooks and crannies. Why do they have to be airborne as well? While they may be annoying to us, our Freehold NJ exterminator explains why the ability to fly matters in the life cycle of ants.

Why Ants Take Flight

When it comes to wings, not all ants are equal. Wings are reserved for the reproductive members of an ant colony. During mating season, which generally occurs during spring and fall, select male and female members of a colony head out in a swarm to pair off and reproduce.

Swarming is a vital step in expanding an ant colony. The swarmers go out in such massive numbers because they’re vulnerable to predators, lack of food, and other threats to their survival. If all the swarmers were to die off, it would lead to the end of the colony as well.

Should I Worry About Winged Ants?

If you spot winged ants in or around your home or building, it’s time to call our Freehold NJ exterminator. Flying ants indicate the presence of an established colony that’s seeking to increase its numbers and create new colonies. Commercial sprays and other DIY method are usually ineffective as they kill only the visible workers, while the queen remains to keep the colony alive.

Effective Ant Control by Our Freehold NJ Exterminator

Our Freehold NJ exterminator services cover ants, bed bugs, roaches and other common pests. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection.

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