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Swarming Insects and Flying Ants— Identification and Issues

A swarm of flying ants crowded around a window.

Texas is home to a wide variety of swarming insects and flying ants. While most of these pests are nothing more than a nuisance, some can cause significant damage to your property. Knowing how to identify different types of flying insects will help prevent issues.

This blog post will discuss the most common winged ants and other flying insect species found in Texas, the issues they can cause, and how pest control can help.

Stay away from swarming insect nests.

Yellowjackets, hornets, wasps, and other stinging insects are particularly dangerous to humans, as their stings can be quite painful and even deadly in some cases. You should not attempt to remove a nest near your property on your own.

Pest control professionals have the experience and equipment necessary to treat and remove a nest without endangering people or pets. They can also provide advice for preventing these pests from becoming a problem in the future.

How to Identify Flying Ants from Termites

Flying ants have two pairs of wings of different sizes, while termites have two pairs of wings of the same size. Termites also have straight antennae, while flying ants have bent antennae.

Winged ants are not a separate species but rather winged males or females that leave their nests searching for mates. While most pose no threat to people or property, some species (such as carpenter ants) can be quite destructive.

If you are unsure whether you are dealing with winged ants or a termite swarm, it is best to contact a pest control professional for assistance.

What do carpenter ants look like?

Carpenter ants are the most common type of ant found in the state and can be identified by their black body and red chest. This ant species ranges in size from about ½ inch to ¾ inch long. Male carpenter ants have wings, while female ants do not.

Carpenter ants can cause significant damage to your home or business. This ant species often tunnels through wood, causing structural damage over time.

Termite Infestations and Damage

Termites are another insect that can cause significant damage to your property. These pests don’t just nest in wood—they feed on it, and if left unchecked, they can quickly destroy the framing of your home.

The easiest way to tell if you have a termite problem is by looking for mud tubes or a swarm of flying reproductive termites. If you see either of these things, it is crucial to contact a pest control professional right away.

They will inspect your property and determine whether you have an active infestation. 855Bugs can develop a treatment plan to remove the termites and protect your home from future damage.

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855Bugs is your go-to source for all flying insects and ants in Texas. We offer comprehensive services that include pest identification, treatment, and prevention. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection!

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