What are ants?
There are more than 700 different species of ants that can be found living throughout the United States. While not all of them pose a threat to us and our homes and businesses, there are many that do. Ants are small, social insects that live together in large groups; these pests vary in size and color and size, depending on their exact species, but they typically range in color from reddish-brown or black to yellow in color, and sometimes a combination of different colors.
Ants have three distinct body parts in the form of a head, thorax, and abdomen and have a pair of bent antennae. Ants are common invaders and often find their way inside homes and businesses while foraging for food. Keep these pests from foraging in your home by establishing an ongoing home pest control program from Tim's Pest Control.
Are ants dangerous?
Ants can be dangerous depending on the species. Many of the common sugar ant species are considered nuisance pests. However, they can contaminate food, which can make people sick.
Carpenter ants can cause extensive damage to a property if left untreated. This damage can be severe enough to cause collapses, especially in older homes.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants are scavengers that use their strong odor receptors to detect food from far away. This ability can lead to ants making their way into your home through cracks in the exterior, damaged screens, gaps around plumbing, and other entry points. Once a few ants find food, they will secrete pheromones to alert the rest of their colony.
Although carpenter ants eat the same foods as sugar ants, they likely have infested your home because of water-damaged or decaying wood.
Where will I find ants?
Ants can be found all over a home, from the foundation to the attic. Common areas include kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Ants can travel through wall voids, under floors, and around pipes and vents.
How do I get rid of ants?
Don’t waste your time trying to get rid of ants using store-bought products. Instead, call the experts at Tim’s Pest Control for ongoing professional pest control for Norwalk businesses and homes. We can assist with all your ant problems, including specialized services for carpenter ants. Contact us at Tim’s Pest Control to learn more about how we can help with ants and other pests in our Connecticut pest control service area.
How can I prevent ants in the future?
To keep ants from becoming a problem in the future, use these expert-recommended tips for ant prevention:
- Store all food properly, don’t leave dirty dishes or pet food out overnight, and clean up crumbs and spills right away. If you experience a leak or moisture issue, make sure to repair it properly and replace all damaged wood.
- Inspect the exterior of your home for cracks and other entry points and repair them.
Don’t forget to call us at Tim’s Pest Control to learn how you can benefit from ongoing pest control and prevention.