What are ants?
We know ants as those pesky invaders of our homes and yards. They regularly find their way onto our properties to search for food and sometimes shelter. A few of the reasons why these pests are so difficult to control are that these social creatures create large colonies, multiple nesting sites, and are effective communicators.
The types of ants that regularly visit our Georgia properties include the small but aggressive fire ant, the Argentine ant, and the wood-destroying carpenter ant.
Are ants dangerous?
Most ants that we come across, like Argentine ants, are considered nuisance ants. While their presence is never wanted and they are difficult to control, they don't pose significant dangers.
Dangerous ants either pose health risks to people or structural damage. In Georgia, there are dangerous ants that make themselves at home on our properties.
Fire ants are pests that no one wants to find on their property. They create large nests in our yards, and whenever people or pets get too close, they will attack in large groups, delivering painful, venom-filled stings. In those allergic to their venom, or in the case of a large attack, a severe allergic reaction could result.
Carpenter ants are dangerous because they can cause costly damage inside our homes when they decide to move in and nest within its structural wood. If you don't deal with an infestation of these pests quickly, the result is extensive structural damage.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants are omnivores and feed on seeds, honeydew, sweet liquids, and proteins. These pests will feed on many of the foods we eat, making our yards and homes a common foraging site. Ants are most likely to become a problem on properties that offer them regular sources of food.
Some of their favorite places to search for food include:
- Trash cans and recycling bins
- Compost piles
- Pet food bowls
- Outdoor eating areas
- Our kitchens
Where will I find ants?
You will find that ants will make themselves at home in almost any environment, including our urban and suburban yards and houses. Outside, many types of ants, like Argentine ants, nest in the damp soil under things like fallen trees, woodpiles, leaf piles, and under mulch. Carpenter ants like to nest outside in decaying wood like tree stumps and fallen trees; they are most problematic for properties near wooded areas.
As ants move around our yards foraging for food, they often end up in our homes, finding a way inside through any small opening they discover. Once inside, it is common for the ants to decide to stay and nest; the exception is fire ants, which rarely nest indoors. Fire ants prefer to nest in open sunny areas, making our lawns prime nesting spots.
Indoor nesting spots favored by Argentine ants and many other household invading ants include behind walls, large appliances, or under floors, usually near things like leaking pipes or dripping air-conditioners. Carpenter ants like to invade and nest inside structural wood, with water-damaged wood attracting them first.
How do I get rid of ants?
Ants are such a common pest problem for homeowners to deal with because they are difficult to control and eliminate. The best way to eliminate ants and prevent them from returning is to partner with a professional. At Ennis Exterminating, we are a locally owned and operated company giving us a deep understanding of the pest problems Georgia residents deal with throughout the year.
Our skilled and experienced team of pest professionals will get to the bottom of your pest problems, and our effective treatments and follow-up services will ensure that your property becomes and stays free of ants and other pests.
Whether you are looking for a one-time treatment or the benefits of recurring services, we can help! If you live in Fayetteville or surrounding areas, call today to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services.
How can I prevent ants in the future?
Ants will think twice about using your yard or home as a place to nest and feed after you implement the following helpful prevention tips provided by our pest control experts:
- Ants have a keen sense of smell. Eliminate food odors that could attract them by keeping lids on trash cans and recycling bins, and pick up uneaten pet food.
- Inside your home, keep the kitchen clean and free of food debris and sticky spills.
- Regularly harvest fruits and vegetables from garden areas.
- Brush piles, fallen trees, woodpiles, and other debris can provide ants with places to create an outdoor nest. Remove yard debris to make your property less attractive to ants.
- Many ants are attracted to sources of moisture; fix leaky pipes, air conditioners, hoses, and fixtures inside or outside of your home.
- Seal spaces in the foundation, around windows and doors, and the roofline that can allow wandering ants into your home.
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