Despite the name, flying ants are not a separate species. They are a reproductive stage of any ant species. They do not bite humans. But they can be a nuisance, and if you have a lot of them, you may need to call a pest control professional.
A queen ant can live for over 10 years. She will live most of her life in the nest. However, she will spend a portion of her life flying. After mating, she will lose her wings. She will then begin to lay eggs, which will eventually turn into queens of their own nests.
Flying ants are typically seen in urban areas, before moving to the countryside. They can also be found around trash cans and swimming pools. They are mostly harmless to humans, but a few species can inflict bites.
The black garden variety of flying ants are the most common type. They have a single queen, but they can have anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 workers.
These ants are very common, but they can be a nuisance. They can be found in homes through cracks or gaps in walls or doors. Sealing these gaps will prevent the ants from entering your home. They can also be found in swimming pools, which may need to be cleaned when they are not in use.
The mating season usually starts in the early summer. During this time, the queens of flying ants are looking for a new nest to start a new colony. They can be seen in large numbers during the first couple days of mating.