Different from the classic ant, only by the presence of wings, the flying ant invades our spaces during the breeding season, in summer. These are the male and female ants that leave the nest to form a new colony. If they invade us, it’s because they’re looking for a quiet place to fertilize and feed.
This mission completed, the male dies, while the female becomes the queen of the future nest. She then tears off her wings, which have become useless to her.
NATURAL METHODS TO REPEL THEM
ESSENTIAL OILS: PEPPERMINT OR GERANIUM
Recognized as a natural repellent against animals, insects and flying ants, in particular, essential oils of peppermint or even geranium can be deposited directly on the edges of windows, on interior and exterior frames.
It is also possible to put a few drops on a fabric that you leave in each room, such as the bedrooms or the kitchen.
This operation should be repeated regularly, as soon as the smell subsides, that is to say every 2 or 3 days ideally.
You can also choose to make it into a lotion that you spray into the air. For it :
Dilute about ten drops of the chosen essential oil in hot water..
This method allows you to deposit it directly on fabrics, such as curtains or bed linen, which is not recommended for pure oil.
A natural insecticide, diatomaceous earth is often used against fleas, ticks or even bedbugs. However, it remains effective against all insects in general. Composed of very small algae, it repels and dehydrates them.
Place a little diatomaceous earth near what attracts flying flies (food source for example).
If you detect cracks in your walls, put some earth there, because this too is a very popular entry point for all small pests.
Do not hesitate to sprinkle it in the bottom of your garbage cans. Indeed, its absorbent effect also eliminates bad odors.
You will find it in garden centers, DIY stores, organic shops, or at some cat litter vendors.
Note that it must remain dry, humidity affects its effectiveness.
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Like diatomaceous earth, simply place a little cinnamon powder in strategic places in your home. Around windows and other entry points, but also in any room where you see flying ants.
Ditto for the washing powder, its smell, repellent for insects, will protect you from these unwanted visitors.
Placed in small cups, the lemon, with its acid smell, is a basic repellent against insects. Arrange a few cups here and there in your house, filled with a lemon cut in half.
When you see the colony, pour boiling water over it. Those who survive will instantly flee, as their homes will now be too uncomfortable for them to reside there any longer.
Toxic to insects, sweeteners, such as aspartame for example, can be mixed with water.
Mix this preparation to form a paste, and place it at the disposal of the ants you want to get rid of. They will eat it very easily.
WATER MIXED WITH SUGAR
Prepare a wide-open container, such as a bucket or basin, that you fill with water. Add 2 sugar stones. Not only does this solution repel insects, but the flying ants that venture there, all the same, remain trapped there.
Another particularly unpleasant odor for animals, incense nevertheless spreads in your environment a scent that we humans find very pleasant. Burn a stick of it in your interior, the fragrant smoke will settle on the door frames and scare away pests.
Be careful, however, incense is not recommended for pregnant women or infants.
Undeniable ally of well-being in the house, white vinegar is also effective against flying ants, and all animals in general.
Fill a spray container with white vinegar, and sprinkle your surfaces around windows and front doors.
If you see flying ants already inside the house, spray directly in their direction. Leave the windows open so they can escape.
Cleaning your surfaces with this product also reduces the appearance of unusual animals in your home.
WAYS TO GET RID OF IT
Particularly disturbing by drafts, the use of a fan is ideal to deter flying ants from entering your home.
THE GOOD OLD TRAP
Known to all generations, the bottle with the syrup still works very well.
All you have to do is cut a plastic bottle, place a little syrup, honey or other sweet liquid at the bottom, then replace the top of the bottle upside down.
Now transformed into a closed funnel, this bottle-trap prevents greedy insects from coming out.
THE ELECTRIC FLY SWATTER
Used for a long time in fresh food shops, the electric fly swatter also works on flying ants and other winged insects. It is by sending small electric shocks that it kills the animal that approaches too close.
If you can’t get rid of flying ants, you can always call a professional to get rid of them for good. He knows how to choose the solution that will not create any nuisance for fragile people or your pets.