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the.carpenter
Sep 29, 2012, 02:48 PM
HELP ME! WHAT ARE THESE ? I was walking through my yard today when I noticed a movement on the ground in the grass. Upon looking I see what seems like a swarm of red ants with wings. They are a little bigger than the common brown ant. Looking I saw 3 areas/patches about 1 1/2 feet round. It seemed like they were all trying to get to the top of the blades of a different type of grass. All 3 were on the same type of grass also! I did not look for more but I have a big yard! I would think yes!? Have seen termites before and these are not termites, or fruit flies. Have children and worry about stepping on them! When I went close some flew around so I didn't get close except the 1st look ! Any help is a thanks!

ma0641
Sep 29, 2012, 06:42 PM
Picture would sure help!

the.carpenter
Sep 29, 2012, 07:11 PM
Picture would sure help!

Hello ma0641 ! I did take pix and I grabbed a few also, but looks like only grass! Maybe zoom ? I can't attach pix here. Don't know how!

odinn7
Sep 29, 2012, 08:11 PM
A picture and a general location as there are usually specific bugs/insects for certain locations.

the.carpenter
Sep 30, 2012, 03:37 AM
A picture and a general location as there are usually specific bugs/insects for certain locations.
I'll try to give a multiple triangulation?
The location is about 50 ft from road,a secondary, fairly traveled road and coal trucks throughout daily. About 10 ft from a field of cut hay left to lay not bailed for years. About 30 ft from 1 of 2 tall (60 ft ?) growing weeping willows. In front yard, grass cut regularly, but not pristine. A slow downward slope, about 75 paces from corner of house. This end of house which handles the drainages (gutters and basemt sump) into area before field. Time of day is about 5 pm. Rained 1 day past for 2 days off an on? Dogs don't use this part of yard. Deer have presence in our area. Ok think !

J_9
Sep 30, 2012, 03:44 AM
This is a global website. Since there are different kinds of insects in different locations, it might help to know where you are.

the.carpenter
Sep 30, 2012, 04:26 AM
This is a global website. Since there are different kinds of insects in different locations, it might help to know where you are.
Yes ! Sorry there. I'm in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. North of pitt. Airport. East of east liverpool, Ohio

ma0641
Sep 30, 2012, 03:00 PM
Everything I read about flying red ants indicates they are fire ants. However, your location is pretty far north for them. Are they small and swarm when you kick the mound?

odinn7
Sep 30, 2012, 07:41 PM
You answered my question with a little too much detail... lol. Pittsburgh would have been enough.

Anyway, I am more of a spider person as I have years of study involved with spiders but I will try to help. I did a search on flying ants and came up with a few things.

1) Flying ants are actually quite common. Seems that most ant species have a stage in their life cycle in which they can fly.

2) Flying ants are usually black although the also can be seen in red and brown.

3) Flying ants and termites are often mistaken for each other.

gnahcd
Oct 1, 2012, 10:39 AM
Some species of ants or wasps do sting and/or bite. Without a picture, it is difficult to tell you what you have. Termites and fruit flies don't bite or sting, but of course, termites present a different problem.

In any case, what you are seeing is probably a temporary natural phenomenon. If they are ants, they are responding to some environmental stimuli - rain, heat, or day length, and are preparing to mate to create a new nest.

Teach your kids to stay away. Your dog should learn to stay away pretty quickly. Otherwise, the swarms should dissipate quickly. You do have the old nest to deal with, but whether it needs to be, and how to deal with it, will depend on what species you have.

the.carpenter
Oct 4, 2012, 11:12 AM
Everything I read about flying red ants indicates they are fire ants. However, your location is pretty far north for them. Are they small and swarm when you kick the mound?
Ma0641 what about sweat bee's ? Showed my daughter an not a hesitation she said and they bite. When I saw they were on ground, not a mound. I think they would have went on my shoe an leg. I looked but cound't find them again the next day, and I cut grass yesterday. Hopefully they went back into the field?

ma0641
Oct 4, 2012, 12:36 PM
Sweat bees look like bees, they are fuzzy. I still lean toward fire ants. Get some liquid sevin. mix it in a 1 gallon milk jug and pour it on the area.