If you are currently experiencing an ant infestation, then you probably have a lot of questions. Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions about ants. We hope they help you with you current situation and give you a better understand of how ants live!
How many species of ants are there in the US?
You might be surprised to learn that there are over 700 different species of ants in the United States. Some of the most common species include: argentina, pavement, and red imported fire ants. In North Carolina, the odorous house ant is responsible for infesting homes.
While there are hundreds of different species, all ants have a few factors in common. They are social insects, which means that they work together to find food and water and live in extensive colonies. The body of every ant consists of the head, thorax, and abdomen. Beyond these commonalities, species can differ widely in their size and habits, which is why it is important to accurately identify the species to adequately control infestations.
Where in the home do infestations usually happen?
Ants are usually on the hunt for food and water, which means that they will naturally be attracted to the kitchen where they can easily find sugar and proteins. You will probably notice them crawling across floors and countertops. However, some species build their nests in the soil. These ants will build homes in your landscaping or in cracks in your hardscaping, sheds, and garages. Finally, the carpenter ant likes to form nests in wood, which makes it important to store woodpiles away from the home.
What time of year are ants most active?
Homeowners will typically encounter ants indoors during the spring and summer months. It is during these times that they will be looking for sources of food and water.
How concerned should I be if I find ants in my home?
While ants can be a nuisance, in most cases, they don’t pose any real threats to your home or your family. However, there are some exceptions. For example, carpenter ants eat wood in order to build their nests. If they have entered your home, they may be eating away at the structure and causing damage.
Fire ants are known to deliver a powerful sting that created painful and itchy welts. If someone is allergic, the bites can be especially uncomfortable. These types of ants should always be exterminated by a professional.
Keep any mind that any species of ant can contaminate your food and that spotting a few ants is a sure sign of a larger infestation. You will want to act quickly before the problem gets out of hand.
What is the best way to treat infestations?
While you can try and treat infestations on your own, your best bet is to contact an ant professional. They will be able to identify the species of any you are dealing with and recommend the right course of treatment. A pest control company will make sure that the entire infestation is eradicated so that you don’t have to deal with continuous treatments. You can work with your pest control expert to determine which course of treatment is best for your home and your budget.
How can I prevent and control any infestations?
The answer to this question depends on the type of species you are dealing with, but as a general rule of thumb, your best bet is to clean so that there aren’t any food or water sources to attract ants in the first place. This means regularly wiping down counters, removing garbage, rinsing and removing recyclables, and regularly sweeping and mopping floors. You will also want to be careful about avoiding standing water outside the home and removing any pet food bowls that may be sitting out. As an added precaution, take the time to seal up holes and cracks around windows and doors to reduce entry points.
If you have an existing infestation or you want more help preventing ants from entering your home, contact the experts at PMi Pest Management. We have years of experience handling all species of ants and we can provide a customized treatment to help protect your home and your family. Contact us today.