Why do flying fire ants land in my swimming pool?

Imported Fire Ants October 01, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Flying ants are the male and female reproductives (alates) from the fire ant colony. Alates are ants with wings. After mating, the female reproductive becomes a new queen and will establish a new fire ant colony.

These winged fire ants are attracted to reflective surfaces. The shiny water in your pool makes a great landing target.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.