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4 Ants That Cause Problems in Your Home

Other than Antarctica, ants have marched their way onto every continent and climate. They’ve even found their way onto the North Pole! Hardy and almost unstoppable, these pests can cause huge problems for homeowners around the world, and spring is the time of year when they start to become a problem.

At the best of times, these pests are a nuisance. At the worst, they can bite, damage property, contaminate food, and some can even sting.

Look for these four common types of ants that might come around your home this season and the damages they might cause.

1. Pavement Ants

As their name suggests, these ants like to crawl in the crevices of cement or between rocks. They can come inside but they are typically just a nuisance, as they don’t cause damage and aren’t very dangerous.

Luckily for homeowners, pavement ants are usually responsive to efforts to get rid of them. Seal your food in airtight containers, especially pet food. Block common ant entry points with silicone-based caulk, door sweeps, weather stripping, and other hardware items. Fill cracks and crevices around utility pipes, gaps around doors and windows, window wells, and foundation cracks.

Although ants aren’t attracted to filth or grime and can come into clean or dirty homes alike, frequent home sanitation will prevent pavement ants from finding hiding places or food crumbs.

2. Odorous House Ants

Besides the stench that they emit when crushed, these aptly-named ants can cause other serious problems for homeowners. They can pile themselves inside the wall voids, contaminate food ranging from greasy meats or sugary foods, and harass homeowners.

Due to their ability to create thousands of sub-colonies with hundreds of egg-laying queens, this type of ant is much more difficult to eradicate than pavement ants. If even a single reproductive queen escapes, the entire colony could return.

Along with the same preventative methods mentioned above, it’s a good idea to call the professionals. Odorous house ants aren’t very responsive to most over-the-counter products or home remedies, so professional expertise is the best option to get rid of them for good.

3. Crazy Ants

Crazy ants get their name from their long legs, the uneven way they walk, and their rare ability to leave foraging lines to scavenge food on their own.

Crazy ants are also famous for making homeowners crazy. With gigantic colonies and hundreds of reproductive queens, these ants cause thousands of dollars to electronic equipment by crawling into the wiring and shorting out electrical currents. They are known to damage everything from TVs, radios, computers, and even toaster ovens.

4. Carpenter Ants

Probably one of the most destructive ant species for homeowners, carpenter ants use their huge jaws to carve through wood. Although they don’t eat wood like termites do, they can still cause just as much damage.

Even though they only have one egg-laying queen, these ants are no less difficult to eradicate. The main colony seeks refuge somewhere outside the house while a sub-colony tunnels and carves their way through your house, causing huge amounts of wood damage without endangering the queen and without being detected.

Carpenter ants are most distinguished from other ants by their size. While most ants are about 1/8 inch long, most carpenter ant workers are about 1/2 inch long.

Differences Between Carpenter Ants and Termites

  • Ants have a thin “waist” that connects their abdomen to the rest of the body. Termites have a broad waist.
  • Ants have an elbow bend in the middle of their antennae. Termite antennae are straight and are like a string of tiny beads.
  • When they have wings, ants have four wings of two lengths, and termites have four wings of the same length.

Control Ants with Professional Expertise

Many people try to take care of an ant infestation on their own. Some ant colonies don’t become a problem until they are suddenly showing up everywhere. Some people try to use diatomaceous earth, ant bait, and other over-the-counter products. Treating ants on your own can bring mixed results or even make the problem worse. Many people end up calling professionals anyway.

Fox Pest Control Pest pros aren’t just efficient and highly trained. Our family-friendly pet-safe, and environmentally responsible products can get rid of ants without affecting your peace of mind. When you call Fox, you aren’t just hiring a professional. You’re joining a family that cares about you, your family, and your home.

Call today to talk about our Satisfaction Guarantee that accompanies our Home Protection Plan, which covers crawling insects, stinging insects, wasps or bees, and rodents. We get the job done right the first time, because No Bugs is Simply Better.

Posted on April 20, 2020.

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