5 Fast Ways to Get Rid of Flying Ants in the House

Ant Home Remedies

During certain times of the year, the area you live in may get invaded by a swarm of flying ants. Here are the best ways to deal with them if they get inside your house.

Best Flying Ant Control Products

These products may help speed up the flying ant elimination process. We recommend using these if the flying ants have already started to build up a presence inside your house.

Flying Ants Trap

TERRO Ant & Termite Aerosol Spray

This spray can be used indoors to kill various species of flying ants, such as the carpenter ant. The spray will kill the ants on contact. Be sure to wear protective gear (e.g. safety glasses and mask) before you start using this aerosol spray.

Wondercide Natural Pest Control Spray

If you are looking for a natural alternative then look no further than the Wondercide pest control spray. It’s non-staining and uses natural ingredients, such as cedar wood oil, to kill flying insects. You should re-apply the spray once the scent of the essential oil starts to dissipate.

How to Get Rid of Flying Ants

Aside from using the above products, here are some other things you can do to quickly get rid of the flying ants in the house.

1. Dim the House Lights

In some cases, you may notice the swarm of flying ants appearing in your house when it is dark outside. You might be putting a bull’s eye on your house by making it too bright compared to other houses in the neighborhood.

Like most insects, flying ants could be potentially attracted to bright light and heat. We recommend using dark curtains during peak pest season, and turning off any outdoor lights in the yard and patio when you aren’t outside.

2. Seal up the House Gaps

Do a thorough examination of your house and try to block any gaps that are acting as entrance points for the flying ants. This could include gaps along the doors and windows. Getting window screens and magnetic screen doors may help prevent some of the ants from coming in.

Air conditioners, especially the older models attached to windows, are another common way for flying ants to enter houses. The ants could be getting through gaps along the air conditioner exterior, or because you enabled an opening within the air conditioner unit.

3. Set up a Lamp Water Trap

If the flying ants have already entered your house then here’s a simple way to get rid of them without too much intervention. First, set up a tall sturdy lamp in a dark corner of the room (where most of the flying ants are) then place a dish of soapy water underneath the light source.

Some of the flying ants will bump into the lamp bulb then clumsily fall into the soapy water where they meet their demise. For safety purposes, make sure the electrical cords are kept well away from the plate of water.

4. Suck the Ants in With a Wet-Dry Shop Vacuum

Regular vacuums won’t do. Get a wet-dry shop vacuum from the home improvement store to suck in the swarm of flying ants. Before you take action, fill the vacuum container with soapy water to prevent the flying ants from escaping.

5. Create a Barrier with Cinnamon

Cinnamon may help keep the flying ants away from your home. Use it to create a natural barrier around your house. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder or place some cinnamon sticks along common entry points including windowsills and door gaps.

What Causes Flying Ants in the House?

The appearance of flying ants typically indicates the beginning of the ant mating season. The flying ants may appear inside your house for a number of reasons, such as being attracted by the bright lights of a house or attracted by a source of sweet food.

Prevention is an important component of pest prevention. As suggested earlier, try to dim the external house lights at night and clear away all open food and debris to prevent more ants from wandering into your home.

Where do Flying Ants Come From?

It’s important to understand the type of ant you are dealing with to get a better understand of where they are coming from. There are several species of flying ants you may encounter. The most common species include the carpenter ants and pharaoh ants.

Some people may also confuse the flying ant species with termites. The most visible difference between the two is the wings. Termites generally have equal length wings, while flying ant species like carpenter ants have wings of unequal length.

Flying ants, also known as alates, typically start to emerge when their colony is ready to expand and move elsewhere. The swarms will start to appear in certain conditions (e.g. sunny, low-wind). You may also notice them appearing after a few days of rain.

Are Flying Ants Dangerous?

Flying ants, even in swarms, aren’t typically dangerous. They are more of an annoyance. Their primary focus is to mate, not to attack humans. Having a swarm of flying ants in your property may however create a lot of problems down the road.

How Long do Flying Ants Live?

The flying ant season can typically last for up to two weeks. The male flying ants die immediately after they are done mating. You’ll notice many of the flying ants dropping their wings within 24 hours of taking flight. This phase is referred to as the nuptial flight.