Flying ant season is here. As the weather gets warmer and spring approaches, winged termites begin to fly. These flying ants are commonly called flying termites, or sometimes just “ants” because that’s what they look like. Flying ants have been known to cause a lot of problems for homeowners. Once the flying ants find their way into your wall cavity, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of them without tearing apart all the drywall in your home. Their small size and wings make it easy for them to avoid most traps and baits you might try as preventative measures. And if you live in an older home that has a dirt crawlspace under it (and many homes do), you will probably find them there sooner than later.
How To Get Rid Of Flying Ants In Wall Cavity?
1. Try baits
Baits are a common way to get flying ants out of the wall and yard. Put some bait on a piece of paper and hang it up in the area where you see the ants. Be sure not to leave any bait hanging outside of your home, as it can attract other insects as well.
2. Try traps
Traps are also an effective way to get rid of flying ants, but they require some work to set up properly. You will need a piece of cardboard or plastic wrap big enough to fit in your wall cavity, along with some sticky tape or double-sided tape. The size is dependent on the size of the hole you want to trap the flying ants in, but remember that they may still be able to squeeze through smaller holes than you think they can get through, so make sure your trap is large enough for them to fit into it. To set up the trap, use one piece of tape or sticky tape to secure the cardboard or plastic wrap in the wall cavity. Next, place a small piece of bait on the cardboard or plastic wrap, making sure that it is not touching the sides of the wall cavity. Then, cover this with another piece of tape or sticky tape and secure it in place with a staple gun.
3. Try baits & traps together
You can combine baits and traps to get flying ants out of your home without having to replace your drywall. To do this, you need two different types of bait: one that will attract flying ants from outside your home and one that will draw them inside your home so you can catch them once they come inside. You will also need two different types of traps: one for catching flying ants coming from outside and one for catching those coming from inside your home. The best way to set up these traps is by using double-sided tape or sticky tape to secure both pieces together so they are stuck together when you are finished setting them up. Be sure not to overlap any sticky tape or double-sided tape in order for it to work properly. You will also need to make sure that the piece of cardboard or plastic wrap is not too big, as you would still like to be able to fit into your wall cavity.
4. Try an exterminator
If none of the above methods work, call an exterminator and ask them for their recommendation on getting rid of flying ants in your house. An exterminator may also have other suggestions on how you can get rid of flying ants without having to replace your drywall, such as using insecticide spray or bait strips. If the flying ants are coming from inside your home, they may also suggest using a vacuum cleaner to suck up all the clutter they are hiding in there so they can no longer hide there and continue to damage your home.
5. Try a professional pest control company
If none of the above methods work, you can also call a professional pest control company and ask them for their recommendation on getting rid of flying ants in your home. This may be the best option if the flying ants are coming from inside your home. A professional pest control company will be able to use different methods to get rid of flying ants without having to replace your drywall, such as using insecticides, bait strips, and even using a vacuum cleaner to suck up all the clutter they are hiding in there so they can no longer hide in there and continue to damage your home.
Why Are There Flying Ants In My Walls?
1. You have a leak
Flying ants are often attracted to water. If you have a leak in your home, this is one of the most common places they will come from. To confirm that you do have a leak, you can use a flashlight to look inside your wall cavities to see if there is any moisture there. If so, make sure to fix it as soon as possible.
2. Your walls are damaged
If the walls of your home are damaged in some way, such as by termites or other wood-destroying insects, flying ants may be able to find their way inside your home and start reproducing there. If this is the case, you will need to repair these walls as soon as possible and seal them off completely with insulation so that flying ants cannot get in there again.
3. Your house is old and needs updating
If your house was built before 1940, it may be time for an upgrade! Flying ants are attracted to old houses because they can find their way inside through cracks and crevices where the paint has worn off or where there are gaps between the studs. To avoid problems with flying ants in your home, make sure that all of these areas are sealed up so they cannot get back into them and start reproducing again!
4. You have pets or children that like to chew on things in your house
Flying ants are often attracted to the sweet smell of pets or children and will be able to find their way into your home through these openings. To avoid problems with flying ants in your home, make sure that you keep your house as clean as possible and seal up all of these openings so they cannot get back into there.
What Is The Different Type Of Ants?
1. The black ants
The black ants are the most common type of ant found in your house. They are often called the “harvester ants” because they will follow an ant trail and collect food that other ants might have left behind. Some people refer to them as “daddy-long-legs” ants because of their long legs, which can help them to run quickly from place to place. Black ants tend to be very aggressive and will bite if they feel threatened. You can also see them running around looking for a new food source or a new home for their colony.
2. The carpenter ants
Carpenter ants tend to be bigger than black or other types of ants and will build their own homes inside walls, floors, or ceilings. These homes are called “nests.” They build these nests in just about any kind of wood, including wood that is inside your walls, doors, windowsills, and floors. If you notice these kinds of nests inside your home, make sure that you get rid of them immediately by using a pest control company!
3. The pharaoh ant
Pharaoh ants are a type of carpenter ant. They are very small and will build their own nests in the cracks of your walls and floors. These ants bite if they feel threatened, which is why they are not good to have around pets or children.
4. The Argentine ant
Argentine ants tend to be bigger than pharaoh ants, but they can still be considered a type of carpenter ant because they can build their nests in just about any kind of wood, including wood that is inside your walls, doors, windowsills, and floors. They tend to live in large colonies that can have thousands of individual insects living together. You should always check for these kinds of colonies if you notice them inside your house!
There are a lot of things that can go wrong if you have flying ants in your wall cavity. It’s important to get them out as soon as possible so that you don’t end up with a serious infestation. It’s also important to find out how they got in there so that you can prevent it from happening again. The best way to deal with flying ants is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. You can do this by keeping your home as clean as possible, mowing your lawn regularly, and keeping your landscaping clean. If you do find that you have a flying ant infestation in your wall cavity, you’ll want to call a professional pest control service right away. It’s better to spend a little money now than to deal with a serious problem later on.