What are ants?

What are ants?

Ants live in colonies and are social insects. Plans to treat ants always include killing the whole entire colony, because if you do not do so, they will just come back. Spray ants with any typical sprays does not get rid of them because they always come back. You never end up killing all of them, just a few. There are over 700 different species of ants in the United States.

The major types of indoor ants are:

Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are reddish black. They are very common in cool, damp climates. They build outdoor nests in wood sources and usually enter homes through damaged wood, cracks around your doors and windows or sometimes holes in structures that were meant for wires.

They sometimes also crawl along tree limbs or shrubs which touch a structure above the ground. Carpenter ants can cause property damage to your home which can become severe. The cost and damage depends on the number of nests inside your home and how long they have been there for.

Crazy Ants
Crazy ants are dark brown/black in color with a little bit of gray. Crazy ants adapt to dry and wet habitats. They enter homes during the fall or after it rains because their is a reduced supply of honeydew for them which is what their main source of food is. They usually keep their nests under the floors and carpeting. Outside they are under the soil and objects near foundations. They don’t pose any threats to your health, but they are annoying pests once in your home.

Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ants are dark brown/black. They are found all over the United States. They live for a couple of years and live in soil which is exposed. They keep their nests in cracks through the walls and underneath the floors inside houses. They do not give any health risks or cause any damage to your home. They do however contaminate food. They smell like rotten coconuts when crushed.

Pavement Ants
Pavement ants are dark brown/black. They are also found in the United States all over.
They make nests underneath the cracks in pavement which is how they got their name. They also enter into holes in concrete. They do not pose any threats to your health, but they do contaminate food.

Red Imported Fire Ants
Fire ants are dark red/brown. They can be found in the South starting from Maryland all the way to Texas. They build their nests outside in landscape areas or by structured foundations. They enter homes through holes/cracks on the outside of your home. They leave painful stings when their nests become disturbed. If you are allergic to insect stings you will react badly to this. They usually leave a raised welt which becomes a white pustule.

Ants will enter into your home looking for food or shelter. When you are able to understand the behavior of the ants then you will be able to figure out the best pest control procedures. They enter through small openings in your home looking for water or food. They like sweet based food or protein/grease based foods. They leave trails for other ants to follow.

Ants that are inside your house tend to be a seasonal or year round issue. A lot of different types of ants build their nests outdoors and start to become a pest once they look for food in your house. After ants find a good food source they come into your home and collect their food to take it back to their outdoor colony. There are other species of ants which will enter into your home and build their nests inside and become indoor residents permanently.

Common ant species include: pavement ants, odorous house ants, carpenter ants, their ants, acrobat ants and pharaoh ants. They are hard to control. The most difficult indoor ant to control is the pharaoh ant. These ants are mostly just a problem during warm weather.

Indoor ants can be found near sources of food, water and in places such as wall voids, under appliances, behind the window frames, and underneath floors. Ants like to live close to people and eat some of the same things that we do meaning they are commensal pests such as sweet foods, starches, meats, and liquids.

Why to hire an exterminator to get rid of ants?

When doing ant pest control extermination in your home it is best to hire a professional company such as Delmar Termite & Pest Control with experience and expertise to get rid of your ants effectively. Using methods such as do-it-yourself’s for indoor ants is usually very challenging because the average homeowners often get frustrated and fail in exterminating ants. Since ants can be hard to exterminate it is always best to seek an expert to terminate them for you.