Yard is crawling with winged ants

SnailLoverAugust 25, 2013

I was walking my dog across the yard tonight and he gingerly stepped over a massive ant hole. I looked down and saw ants with wings crawling everywhere, and several other holes nearby. Some had mounds of sand around them, some were just big open holes. There were so many winged ants crawling around that the ground appeared to be moving. I've never seen anything like it. This particular area is under some pine trees. They seemed to appear over night.

Termites aren't real common here so I'm pretty sure they're carpenter ants, although are they much better? I'll get a better look tomorrow now that I know how to tell the difference. I had some ant killer granules left over in the garage, so I used up all I had and hosed it down like the package said. I don't think it will be enough though. Is this the best method, or is there something better? I will call an exterminator if necessary. It really creeped me out. I'm itching all over just thinking about it again.

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Not sure what part of Michigan you're in, but here in southern Macomb County I just saw the winged ants in our yard for the first time of the year yesterday - they are about a month later than they were in previous years. The little bit of rain and high humidity have caused them to come out.

I'm almost 100% willing to say these are NOT carpenter ants if they are in your yard. Carpenter ants don't usually nest in soil and usually only swarm earlier in the year. These are probably field or pavement ants.

The swarming is for the purpose of mating - the winged females that have mated will go off and form new colonies. An exterminator would be way overkill (hah) and the swarming will probably only last for a week or so, if even that. As long as they aren't invading your house, I wouldn't worry about it. When they are going insane where I've got my tomatoes planted, I'll sprinkle some diatamacious earth, but otherwise, I just pretend I don't even see them.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 12:16AM
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Thanks for this info. Ants are bad enough, but those wings really creeped me out. I didn't realize this was a seasonal thing. The ant granules I used did the trick and I didn't even need that much.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 12:46PM
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