How to Get Rid of Flying Ants

If you're trying to figure out how to get rid of flying ants, you're probably finding insects which, at least at first glance, appear to be the small, winged bugs. Before you begin attempting to get rid of flying ants in your home, you have to make sure that they really are flying ants. Here are some tips to help you determine whether the bugs are flying ants and how to get rid of them.

Flying ants look similar to termites. One of the major differences between flying ants and termites are their bodies. A flying ant's body is shaped like an hourglass, similar to that of many other ants. Termites' bodies are long. Another difference between termites and flying ants are the way they deal with wood. While a termite will eat wood, a flying ant will simply build a nest inside of it.

Once you have determined that the winged bugs in your home are indeed flying ants, it's time to get rid of them. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that there isn't any wood near your home, even on the outside. Clear away brush or rotting wood to minimize the flying ants' resources.

Your next step should be to eliminate the flying ants' food source. Like other ants, flying ants love sweet things; sugar is a favorite. Make sure that you're not leaving food around, particularly sweets. Even fruit should be stored in the refrigerator if flying ants are a problem in your home.

You'll need to keep your kitchen extremely clean to stop flying ants from using it as their own. Make sure that you wipe down countertops and tables regularly. At the end of the day you can even wipe them with white vinegar or bleach. Do not use bleach if you have children or pets in the home.

Take your trash out regularly and wipe down your trash can afterwards. The same goes for your kitchen sink; it needs to be cleaned constantly, since flying ants love the food debris and water that they find in a kitchen sink.

You can spray flying ants with soapy water to get rid of them. The only downside to this is that it doesn't get rid of the entire colony, which is what you'll have to do to keep the ants out of your home.

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