What are ants?
Ants are social insects that are living all over the country. Depending on the species of the ants, they can vary in appearances and behaviors. However, all ants have three distinct body regions: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen.
Are ants dangerous?
Acrobat ants (little black ants) and odorous house ants are considered nuisance pests and are not dangerous. However, carpenter ants, fire ants, and Pharaoh ants are more than just a nuisance and can be a possible danger to you or your home. Carpenter ants can cause structural damage which can be quite expensive to repair. Fire ants deliver a painful sting that can cause extreme allergic reactions. Pharaoh ants carry and spread a number of harmful diseases.
Why do I have ants?
If you are having a problem with ants in your home or business, your property may be providing a convenient environment for them to live, feed, and nest. Ants attract to food sources and nesting areas, and things such as garden areas, open trash cans, and pet food will attract the ants. Once they start searching for food on your property or in your house, there is a high chance these ants will create a nesting site near this new source of food.
Where can I find the ants?
Outdoors, ants create their nests along the perimeter of the foundation, which might be the sidewalk, driveway, tree stump, or underground. Inside, ants create their nest in areas that are hard to reach and near a food source. This might be above the ceiling, behind any large appliance, behind a wall, in a crawlspace, inside insulation, near heating systems, or under a floorboard. Carpenter ants tend to build their nests inside some structural wood on your property.
How do I get rid of the ants?
The best way to get rid of ants is to bring in a local pest control expert. Long Island Pest Control’s mission is to give each customer exceptional pest control services that meets their individual needs. With plenty of experience and knowledge, our technicians perform the most advanced and effective services. If you would like to learn more about how Long Island Pest Control can get rid of your ants and any other pests, click here to contact Long Island Pest Control today!
How can I prevent ants in the future?
Here are some helpful tips that can help you to protect your property from becoming infested with ants:
- Seal the openings in the foundation and exterior walls.
- Consistently wash your dishes, vacuum your floors, wipe down your counters, and take out the garbage.
- Trim bushes, shrubs, and tree branches away from the exterior of your house.
- Pick up any fruit or vegetables that fell in the garden areas.
- Store or throw away any leftover pet food from pet feedings.
- Secure lids on outdoor trash cans.
- Consider using a dehumidifier, fix any leaky pipes, and check any downspouts and gutters on a regular basis to lower moisture levels at your property.
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