Ants are common pests that live on every continent except Antarctica. With over 12,000 species worldwide, ants come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and have varying feeding and nesting habits. These are social insects that live and work together in large groups. Ants all have three body segments, six legs, bent antennae, and reproductive members have wings.
Some of the most common species in our area are carpenter ants, odorous house ants, Argentine ants, moisture ants, and harvester ants.
Carpenter ants are one of the largest household invading species living in the United States. These ants create their nesting sites inside wood.
Odorous house ants
Odorous house ants emit a foul, rotting coconut odor when they are crushed.
Argentine ants are well-known for moving together in large, wide trails. These ants have massive colonies and many nesting sites.
Moisture ants are yellowish, and when crushed, produce a lemon scent that is citronella-like. As their name suggests, they prefer to live in humid environments.
Harvester ants have long hairs on the underside of their heads, making it appear like they have beards—these ants “harvest” seeds to feed their colony.
Are ants dangerous?
Ants, depending on their species, nesting habits, and whether they sting or bite, have the potential to be a danger to people or property. The carpenter ant, for example, is dangerous because of the damage it can cause inside of a home when nesting in its structural wood. The good news is that most of the species of ants we come across do not pose significant dangers to us or our property. However, ants should not be allowed to take over our property and contaminate our food.
Why do I have an ant problem?
There are many reasons why ants find their way into our yards and homes, but the biggest reason is food. If ants have placed their nest anywhere near your house, there’s a good chance they’ll eventually find their way inside. While searching for food sources to feed their colonies, they often find their way through cracks and crevices in a home’s foundation or exterior walls. Once inside, they may decide to stay and create a satellite nest behind your walls near their new food source. Ants also move indoors to escape harsh weather conditions.
Where will I find ants?
Some species rarely nest indoors, while other species like the carpenter ant and odorous house ant do. No matter the species, an ant colony usually builds its central nest outside in damp, loose soil along fence lines, in pavement cracks, in lawns, and in garden areas under damp mulch. Ants that move inside create satellite nests in secluded, low traffic areas such as under floors, in crawlspaces, behind walls, and near heating systems.
How do I get rid of ants?
For homeowners looking for a responsible approach to eliminating ants on their property, we suggest partnering with Alta Pest Control. We focus on low-impact pest control that effectively eradicates ants and other household pests while minimizing the impact on the environment. Let our family-owned company protect your home and family from our area’s most persistent household invading pests! If you are looking for more information about our ant control services, reach out today and speak with one of our friendly and helpful professionals!
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