I'm kind of in an inbetween land right now where I can't determine if I have an ant infestation or not.
Every morning when I leave for work I find half a dozen dead winged ants near my front door. They are never more than 1-2 feet away from the door. I clean them up and dispose of them but the next morning more appear in the same area. always approx. half a dozen. Never more than 7-8 (always dead). This door is directly connected to the outside of the house. The obvious assumption is that they are coming in from outside but I checked meticulously for cracks and there were none, but as with insects I understand they can squeeze in through the smallest places. Although I desperately wish this was the case, I am a pessimist by nature so I think of worse and worse situations. The next being...
But then question arises - why are they dead. Well a quick online search discovers that these kind of ants will die after mating. So if they're mating and then dying, does that mean their bodies are being discarded by their brethren from somewhere inside the house? So I looked online some more - and these guides outlined very general points for an infestation. The clearest point being, "If I have a bunch of dead ants located in an area" then I most likely have an infestation.
But how much is a "bunch" is it 6 dead flying ants? or is it 50 dead flying ants. or is it 100+?
So I take this question to this group - is there a method I can use to somehow determine if I have an infestation or are these ants just kinda flying their way in through small cracks and then dropping dead in the front door?