What are ants?
Ants are social insects that live together in large colonies. Every colony member has a job and a purpose of helping the colony succeed. From the males and queens producing new ants to the sterile female workers who care for the young ants, gather food, and defend the nest, every ant has a role to play.
We have many ant species wandering around our outdoor spaces that regularly find a way into our California homes in our area. Two of the most common are the Argentine ant and the carpenter ant.
Argentine ants invade properties in huge numbers. They travel together in wide trails as they search for food. Their massive colony size often causes these non-native ants to displace native ant species. Argentine ants are light brown to dark brown, and workers only grow to about ¼ of an inch in length.
Carpenter ants tunnel and nest inside wood, like fallen trees, tree stumps, and, unfortunately, a home’s structural wood. Carpenter ants are among the largest ants in North America. Workers can grow up to ½ an inch in length and are typically black, red, or a combination of red and black.
Are ants dangerous?
In most children’s books and movies, ants trail across picnic blankets, and while being annoying, they don’t pose a danger, which is mainly true outside of books and films as well. Typically, ants are just an unwanted nuisance in our yards and homes. However, no matter how unproblematic they may seem, remember any ant species can spread bacteria and contaminate food; they are never a welcome discovery!
Some ant species do pose significant issues that include structural damage, spreading disease-causing pathogens, biting, and stinging. Partnering with a professional is the best way to identify the ants that have found their way to your property, eliminate them, and protect your home and family against their potential dangers.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants are widespread pests. Five of the top reasons why you may be experiencing a problem with ants are described below:
- Your property is offering these omnivores multiple sources of food.
- There is sticky or greasy debris built up in trash cans and recycling bins.
- Leaky pipes and faucets are offering water sources.
- Decaying wood in your yard or home provides nesting spots for carpenter ants.
- There are openings in your home’s exterior that allow ants to move in and out of your home.
If you are experiencing a problem with ants on your California property, we can help. Reach out to us today for the professional ant control services in Middletown you need to get rid of them!
Where will I find ants?
Ants like to nest outside in the ground, under woodpiles or fallen trees, or within tree stumps, fencing, or under yard debris like brush piles. It is common to see ants trailing through our yards as they move from their nests to food sources. As ants move around our yards searching for food to gather and bring back to the nest, they regularly find a way into our homes.
If ants decide to nest inside our homes to expand their colony near food sources or because they want to escape unsuitable weather conditions, they usually build their nests in secluded places. Spaces behind wall voids, electrical equipment, electrical outlets, under floors, and inside structural wood are likely places to discover an ant nest in a California home. Their nests are usually built near moist areas near leaky windows, plumbing pipes, and sinks.
How do I get rid of ants?
‘The bug stops here,’ that is our motto here at Armed Force Pest Control. We have a deep commitment to our customers and to solving whatever pest problem they have, large or small. We know how problematic pests are and want to work with you to quickly solve the problem and help you take your home back from these unwanted guests.
Our professionals are committed to providing our customers with excellent home and commercial pest control services and professional customer service. Our customers and their pests control needs are always our top priority. If ants have taken over your property, reach out to us for the inspection, treatment, and follow-up visits necessary to eliminate ants and stop them from returning! Call today to learn more about our home pest control offerings.
How can I prevent ants in the future?
Unfortunately, ants aren’t going anywhere, so in addition to professional pest control services, the following prevention tips will help make your home less attractive to them:
- Get rid of standing water and excess moisture from your property.
- Remove older or water-damaged wooden structures from your yard.
- Repair any defects in your home’s exterior that you find.
- In your kitchen, clean up sticky spills, leftover food, and crumbs that will attract foraging ants.
- Regularly clean out and sanitize trash cans and recycling bins.
- Repair leaky pipes or malfunctioning faucets in your home.
- Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins inside and outside your home.
Reach out to Armed Force Pest Control to learn how we can work together to prevent problems with ants in your California home!