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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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