Getting Rid of Flying Ants?

June 16, 2011
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I have a problem with flying insects. They look like giant flying ants, about 1 inch long. I thought they may have been termites, but a friend of mine said they weren't. I live in Tampa Florida. They seem to come around at the beginning of summer.


They swarm the outside of my house and find any way in they can, through gaps in the windows and doors, under baseboards, etc. They don't bite but are a real pain. Does anyone have any idea what they are and how I can get rid of them permanently?

By LKaylor from Tampa, FL


June 18, 20110 found this helpful

You may want to Google for Palmetto Bugs in Florida.. Take a look at posted pictures and compare them to what you see. Then you may want to compare pictures of Wood Roaches.. Sorry to say that "roach" word but both mature and fly. They are not like the "dirty roach" that is attracted to food. But, needless to say, it may be what you are referring to.

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

They may indeed be ants. We have carpenter ants which are huge and I can bet in Florida all bugs are bigger! When an ant colony gets too big, they swarm. Some grow wings and leave the nest to start new colonies elsewhere.


They don't keep their wings for long. Look them up and see if that's what you have. They damage your home just like termites. They don't eat wood, they drill it to live in.

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

I live in Spring Hill, Fl and those are flying ants. They only swarm and last a few days and they do not hurt you or anything. Usually they die soon after entering the house. I find them all over the floor in one of the bedrooms and in my home office. I just sweep them up and after about a week you won't see any more of them in your home.

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

As said in another post, carpenter ants.

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September 10, 2009

How do you get rid of flying ants in the house?

By Nancy Falvo from Roselle, IL


September 10, 20090 found this helpful

Number one, if they fly, odds are that they are carpenter ants,and you need to get an! They can eat and bore through wood like a termite. They don't cover as widespread area as termites, but they can chew through a supporting wall stud, before you can think twice.


Second, if you see one or more, he has friends! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I live in SE Georgia, where there is every kind of critter imaginable, and I've had my share of fights.

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September 11, 20090 found this helpful

Are you show you are no looking at termites?

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September 24, 20130 found this helpful

I can't answer this question, they are not termites and they are driving me crazy too. Tiny flying ants and we have sprayed three times.


They swarm in my bedroom and its totally clean, so help please.

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April 18, 20200 found this helpful

I just woke up to my whole front and back door covered with thousands of them !!!!

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June 18, 2008

Does anyone have a remedy for tiny flying ants that are swarming one of my windows in the bedroom I rent in a shared house? My landlord refuses to do anything about it (that's another story). I get about 60-80 little flying ants about 5 or 6 PM each evening that fly around any lights when they're turned on, and are gone the next morning.

They're not termites - they have a pinched body. I don't think they're carpenter ants as they're tiny and have wings. Would Borax work, and if I sprinkle it in my room is it safe to sleep there as well? And it's very humid here - would Borax ruin the wood windowsills if I sprinkled it around the window that they congregate around?

Thanks for any help, I am really being driven crazy for now and am looking for a new place to live, but won't be able to move out for another month.


By Cindy (Guest Post)
June 18, 20080 found this helpful

Honestly, I do not think that there is anything that can be done. That is nature. Ants live everywhere and it would be impossible to kill them all. I'd just shut the window since you know when they appear. After you turn the lights off, then reopen the window.

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June 19, 20080 found this helpful

The same type thing happened here last week but it was only 2 nights. I own my condo. The association has a pest man coming out tomorrow to look at my walls or something. I think they were termites. They had wings. The weird thing was first I found a real bull ant crawling on my leg, yucky.


Then when I was checking, there were no more of his kind.I found about 10 of these flying things. I sprayed ant and roach spray. I haven't seen anymore.

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June 21, 20080 found this helpful

Cornmeal a thin line, they pick it up to feed their colonies. Great thing is the cornmeal swells up and kills them.

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