Identifying Flying Ants
During the late summer the ant nest produces winged ants, often called flying ants. These are not a different type of ant, but are the new queen ants and males. These can be produced in large quantities.
Flying ants have 3 body segments, just like regular ants. Termites have only 2 body segments.
Why do ants fly?
Flying allows mating with distant individuals and thereby avoids the disease vulnerabilities of heavily inbred creatures. Ants evolved from flying insects and so the genes for wings exist in them but are not generally expressed. However, if useful evolutionarily they can reappear either permanently or in some context.
Some ants, both males and females, or queens, have wings at mating time, and July is a time when several species would be flying.
Ants are closely related to wasps and bees. Worker ants have lost their wings through evolution as an adaptation to a subterranean way of life. Wings get in the way.
So the fertile ants (flying ants) have merely retained the wings of their wasp-like ancestors for the purposes of reproduction and spreading their numbers as widely as possible. The workers have lost their wings for life underground.
Flying ants becoming a nuisance? Our pest management services can help!
You Will Not Find a Better Group of People Anywhere
“I have known Tom Atkins and the Atkins companies for over 30 years. You will not find a better group of people anywhere. They truly understand what “customer service” really means. Their commitment to building a long term trusting relati…- Gary Drewing ~ Machens Mercedes & BMW -Read More
It’s a Trust Thing with Atkins
"From the top down, you can count on them to handle just about anything around the home. You don’t see a new face every time they show up. You get someone you can count on to do the job right and stand behind it."…- Jack Smith -Read More
Commitment to the Communities they Serve
"Many Accolades can be given to a family owned company that has been successful for 90 years. What exemplifies the Atkins Companies is their commitment to enhancing the communities they serve. Many in our communities benefit daily from the extr…- Randy M. Morrow, Retired Vice President, Boone Hospital Center -Read More
Atkins Treats Our Business Like Family
"We have used Atkins for many years for various services including lawn care and snow removal. We had used other providers in the past but have never found the high level of service with anyone that we always receive from Atkins! " …- Bill Morrissey, President - Kilgores Medical Pharmacy -Read More
Atkins the Best Locally-Owned, Family Business
“It’s my pleasure to congratulate Atkins on their 90th birthday. You have always been the best of what makes a locally-owned, family business great. We have worked with Atkins for all its 90 years and from one local business to an…- Steve Erdel – Chairman and CEO, Central Bank of Boone County -Read More
Keeping Lawns Healthy
“Thank you for keeping my lawn healthy and happy and if I buy another place I will definitely call.”…- Cory S. -Read More
Great Attention to Detail
“Josh and his team did a wonderful job at the Playhouse! They were so good to work with. They understood the importance of doing a very good job as we prepare for a wedding reception this Saturday. I praised them and asked Josh to be sure and tell …- Brick District Playhouse, Debbie LaRue, VP -Read More