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Why do flying ants exist?
Last Updated: 16th January, 2020
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People also ask, why do flying ants come out?
The ants have moved into the "nuptial flight" phase of their reproduction. Flying ant day is actually the day when the ants take off from their colonies, and use their wings to fly to a new one so they can spread out.
Likewise, what gets rid of flying ants? To kill flying ants, mix liquid dish soap and water in a spray bottle and spray the ants with it whenever you see them. You can also try placing some tape sticky-side up near food sources in your home, which will trap the ants when they walk over it.
Moreover, how long do flying ants stay around?
The 'flying ant' period can last up to a few weeks, though ants usually begin their flight within a few days of each other to maximise chances of meeting a mate. Around 24 hours after the ants set off on their nuptial flight, they will lose their wings.
Will flying ants go away?
Each year, normally in July or August, huge numbers of flying ants suddenly appear. Queens can live for over 10 years and spend most of their lives in their nest. New queens, however, will leave to mate and found a colony of their own. This 'nuptial flight' is why ants fly.