Entomology (Study of Bugs)/mounds in yard

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I read your response on mole crickets to the person in SC, however it does not appear as if they, mole crickets, can fly.. I have the same infestation here in NJ and it appears that they are being made by some sort of flying ant. As there are hundreds of flying insects that are coming out of these small mounds..

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Tim

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Tim,

You're correct, mole crickets (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/mole_cricket.html for picture) do not fly and are much larger than what you describe. Ant mounds do release hundreds of winged ants (called reproductives) at certain times of the year. Generally these flights pose no threat unless they occur indoors which would indicate a nest in the structure.

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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