One evening earlier this week, we had an invasion of flying insects. I first noticed one on the wall and killed it with a kleenex. They kept appearing, but we couldn't see where they were coming from. The wall was well lit. Eventually we must have killed half a dozen of them. They measured 1/4" to 1/2" with wings and dark brown bodies. Finally we decided to save some for identification. They seem to match the photo and description I found on the extension website under http://apps.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/insect/indoor/flies/medium/subterranean-termites.html We haven't seen any evidence inside or outside of damage from termites, and we haven't seen them show up again. We live in West Bloomington near Hyland Hills. Is it possible that it was some unusual incident?
Hennepin County Minnesota
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These insects are field ant swarmers, not termites. Field ants nest in the soil and produce winged ants (females and males) during late summer and early fall. It is possible that a few may get into a home but they will not infest. These ants will go away on their own in a short time. Other than physical removal, no control is necessary.