What are ants?
Ants are small insects that live in colonies with distinct social rankings or castes. Ants are either reproductives, soldiers, or workers, and each caste works together to keep the colony thriving. Ants are generally small, and many can bite or sting humans, something that may result in a minor reaction or something more problematic.
Several ant species might invade your property, but the most commonly encountered ones include carpenter ants, odorous house ants, sugar ants, pavement ants, pharaoh ants, apple bat ants, and citronella ants.
Dependable Pest Solutions can help you with proper ant identification in addition to reliable ant control.
Are ants dangerous?
While most people think of ants as nothing more than nuisance invaders, these pests can be fairly dangerous to encounter. Ants scavenge across surfaces and food storage areas, contaminating food and leaving behind bacteria and pathogens that can cause salmonella and gastroenteritis. Over time, a widespread ant infestation will increase the chance of sickness.
Additionally, ants may bite or sting humans, which can trigger allergic reactions in certain individuals. These reactions range from minor itching and pain to severe anaphylaxis.
Also, certain ant species, such as carpenter ants, will tunnel through the wood of your property and cause significant damage, which will lead to the need for costly repairs and the risk of structural collapse.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ant problems typically occur on properties with many of the factors these pests love, such as easy access to food, moisture, and nesting areas. If you are seeing an increase in ants on your property, it’s probably time to engage in ant pest control and check for ant attractants in both interior and exterior areas.
Where will I find ants?
Outside, ants love to hide in colonies underground or that may show an above-ground mound. They also love to be near piles of debris and waste disposal areas that provide easy access to food. Once they invade your property, ants typically dwell near kitchens, bathrooms, food storage areas, and the spaces between walls, depending on the species.
How do I get rid of ants?
Get rid of ants by contacting Dependable Pest Solutions and allowing us to provide you with the most effective ant control in the area. With our help, you won’t need to expose yourself to the risk of dealing with ants alone, and you can benefit from the expert ant removal tactics our home pest management professionals apply.
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How can I prevent ants in the future?
The following ant prevention tips will help you stop future ant issues from occurring around your property:
- Remove piles of debris and brush from outdoors and cut back long grass to reduce ant hiding spots.
- Seal cracks around windows, doors, and the foundation of your property to keep ants out.
- Store all leftover food properly and dispose of waste promptly, tightly sealing trash bags to prevent scavenging.
- Utilize trash cans with tight-fitting lids and cover outdoor compost piles.
- Clean interior areas often and always address food or drink spills immediately.
For more information on defeating ant infestations, prevention advice, or assistance removing an ant problem from your property, contact Dependable Pest Solutions today for Dover pest control.