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Ants: Common Home Invader

The ant: small insect, big troublemaker. Although insignificant in size, ants can cause major problems for homeowners. 

Most ant species are ultimately very useful for nature. However, ant species like the odorous house ant, carpenter ants, pharaoh ants, fire ants and ghost ants are very common pests in homes. In fact, a recent National Pest Management Association survey listed ants as the #1 nuisance pest in the United States.  

Do You Have Ants in Your House?

Are you experiencing an ant infestation? Since 1928, Ehrlich Pest Control has been providing customers with trustworthy solutions to their pest problems, including ants! An Ehrlich technician will inspect your home and recommend the best way to get rid of the ants in your home. 

Contact us online or call us at (888) 976-4649 to set up a FREE ant inspection of your home.

Potential Ant Damage in Homes


Infesting our homes, contaminating food, building ugly mounds in our front yards, ant colonies are highly complex and can quickly spread throughout a property. Below are a few of the reasons why it is important to keep your home ant-free.

  • Sanitation – Due to their attraction to sugar and other sweets, ants are known to contaminate food in homes. The kitchen is one of the most common places in a residential property where ant infestations can occur.
  • Physical Harm – A few species of ants are known to inflict painful stings on humans. Ant species such as fire ants can sting in large numbers. Furthermore, a small percentage of the population is allergic to ant stings and require immediate medical treatment if stung.
  • Property Damage – If left uncontrolled, ants can even inflict physical damage upon your property. Carpenter ants, for example, excavate wood in order to build their nests. Targeting waterlogged or rotted wood, carpenter ants can potentially cause considerable wood damage on your property.

How To Stop Ant Infestations in Your Home 

The best method of controlling ant problems in your house is stopping infestations before they happen. Have you recently spotted a trail of ants in your residence?

"Scout” ants responsible for identifying ideal living conditions for the colonies will enter your home in small numbers seeking food and water. 

Make sure you use the below tips to keep your home ant-free.

  • A dirty kitchen is an ant’s best friend. Take time to regularly clean countertops and floors. Forgotten spills and empty beverage containers will attract ants along with over-ripe fruit that is sitting out. Keep foodstuffs like sugar and other sweets in airtight containers and remember to wipe down containers to remove sticky residue.
  • Ants are drawn to water so make sure you fix any leaks in your home and remove standing water in your sink
    Regularly clean your bathrooms as ants often infest toilets, showers and bathtubs due to the excess moisture.
  • Prevent ants from entering your home by sealing any cracks and crevices, trim branches away from your home and fix any window screens that need to be repaired.
  • Discard of garbage regularly and keep trash sealed in covered garbage containers  

Most Common Ants Found in Homes 

Of the 700+ ant species that have been identified in the United States, roughly only 25 species are known to infest homes. These 5 species of ants are frequently identified in homes by our technicians.

Image of Odorous House Ant [Tapinoma sessile] | Ehrlich Pest Control Odorous House Ants – These small, dark brown ants are named for the coconut-like odor they emit when crushed. Odorous house ants are also known to travel in trails of hundreds and even thousands. This type of ant typically nests outdoors but will travel great distances indoors to retrieve food sources.

Image of Red Imported Fire Ant [Solenopsis invicta] | Ehrlich Pest Control Red Imported Fire Ants – Found in southern U.S. states like Florida and Georgia, Red Imported Fire Ants have grabbed headlines in recent years for stinging humans. Red Imported Fire Ant colonies are highly aggressive, build huge mounds in the soil and can grow to a population of over 100,000 ants.

Image of Ghost Ant [Tapinoma melanocephalum] | Ehrlich Pest Control Ghost Ants – Easily distinguishable by their pale, whitish abdomen, legs and antennae and a dark colored head and thorax, ghost ants have highly adaptable nesting habits. Outdoors, they tend to nest in soil, rotten wood, under bark and in plant cavities such as tree holes.  

Ghost ants can often be found entering a building by way of surrounding plants that touch the structure or utility lines that enter through the exterior wall.  Inside, ghost ants have been found nesting in wall voids, spaces between cabinetry, behind baseboards and in potted plants.  

Image of Carpenter Ant [Camponotus pennsylvanicus] | Ehrlich Pest Control Carpenter Ants – Sneaking into homes via cracks in doors or windows, carpenter ants are prevalent throughout the United States, especially in northern states like Maryland and New York

These property-damaging insects build their nests in wood sources ranging from tree stumps to fence posts. Although carpenter ants will initially attack wet wood, the pests will eventually spread to dry wood.

Image of Pharaoh's Ant [Monomorium pharaonis] | Ehrlich Pest Control Pharaoh Ants – One of the smallest ants commonly found in homes, pharaoh ants will nest indoors unlike many other invasive ant species.

Despite their size, this species of ant is famous for its difficulty to remove after it has it has infested a home. If you see trails of small ants in your home that you believe could be pharaoh ants, contact a pest control professional immediately.

Year Round Protection From Ants

Are ant infestations a yearly occurrence in your home? Be ahead of the game come ant season by enrolling in Ehrlich’s Year Round Protection Plan. The Year Round Protection Plan protects you against 36 of the most common pests, including ants. Featuring regularly scheduled technician visits to your home and convenient payment options, the Year Round Protection Plan is wise investment for any homeowner.

Contact us online or call us at (888) 976-4649 to learn more about how Ehrlich Pest Control can rid your home of ants. 

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