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Ants are those annoying little pests that seem to get into everything. Due to their size they can squeeze into very tight gaps.
This makes it almost impossible to stop them invading Australian homes. Even more annoying is that at certain times of the year they take flight.
During the Australian summer it is quite common to see black clouds of ants hanging near the tops of trees.
While they pose no threat to humans, they can be very annoying to runners, as they run through these clouds.
Flying ants, or flying termites?
During the months of October and November, the reports of flying ants increases massively. People even report them coming inside their home or workplace.
In almost all cases clients think that they are ants and tend to ignore them. However, there are more likely to be termites. Termites fly in mass in these months and are regularly mistaken for flying ants.
The reason for this is quite simple, most people have never seen termites with wings. Breeding termites are called alates and they do have wings.
During late spring to early summer they take flight in the hope of finding a mate. They will then drop down to the ground to start a new colony.
There flying pattern is very similar to ants, however their numbers are greater. It is not uncommon for billions of termites to take flight, when the weather conditions are just right.
Should I be concerned about them?
Flying ants pose no real threat to humans. While they are swarming their overwhelming urge is to mate.
If they land on you, they will tent to run around a little before flying or falling off.
On the other hand, if you stand on or near a nest, when they are taking flight, you may get bitten. The soldiers of these nests will defend the flight and will attack anything that comes near.
They can also cause a nuisance to motorbike riders and joggers. Riding or jogging through a swarm can be unpleasant experience, especially if you inhale some.
What happens if they are flying inside?
If you come across some flying inside, the most important thing is to get them correctly identified. A local Jim’s Pest Control expert should be able to help you identify them.
If you are trying to identify them yourself, please keep this in mind. Ants have three segmented body parts and termites only have two.
They can look very similar in features however the number of segmented body parts will be a telling sign of what they are.
If you have any doubts, please feel free to contact your local Jim’s Pest Control technician.