Attack of the Flying Ants

After the rain bugs

Is this how your porch looked this morning? Many thanks to blog reader Steve whose comment was the inspiration for this post. Steve says: July 1, 2011 at 7:40 PM “hey has anyone ever had a problem with bugs after long storms… just got over a tropical wave and there are these ant-like things with long black wings EVERYWHERE… theyre coming under my door like a little army too… when do they go away!?!?!” louisiana2dominica says: July 1, 2011 at 9:29 PM “Yes, Steve we all get ‘em. Some worse than others, especially if there are holes in your window screens. The jury is out on whether they are flying ants or termites. I hear people call them the “after the rain bugs”. In the morning, if not already, you will see their dead wings on the floor or all over your porch. They seem to be attracted to light. So I turn off all my outdoor lights when they are swarming. They won’t hang around. They die quickly…but you can always expect them with the rain. Gross, huh ?”

How could I have forgotten to warn the newbies about the flying ants ??!!! Epic blogger fail ! I’ve lived here so long they don’t even phase me anymore. It’s just part of rainy season. The only thing I can relate the flying ants experience to is termite swarming in New Orleans. Imagine hundreds of flying thingies nose diving into you, lights, walls, your dinner plate (come on, you know it happened to you at the Tomato last night), trying to get into the front door of your home when you open the door, suddenly appearing on your kitchen floor, and wait…is that an insect wing in my hair ? Three words come to mind…plague, biblical, proportions. 

Once you get used to it, it’s not so bad. Just keep your doors and windows shut when they are swarming. You’ll see, the pests leave as quickly as they arrive.

So, what do you think, ants or termites ? I’m sure there is somebody out there who was an entomologist prior to coming to Ross ? Maybe some local readers can enlighten us as to what these winged creatures are.

About louisiana2dominica

Native New Orleanian lived on the island of Dominica for 8 years
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3 Responses to Attack of the Flying Ants

  1. my cleaning lady calls them “rain flies!”

  2. Sarah says:

    The ones with equal size wings and straight antennae are winged termites called Alates, the others are winged ants. They come out after rain to utilize the light to dry off. They shed their wings as well, which is why my walkway looks like it is covered in small flower petals. After losing their wings, they find another place to nest, but only a few survive!

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