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Ant Identification & Prevention

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What are ants?

Ants are insects that we regularly come into contact with, whether in our yards, homes, wooded areas, parks, or even the beach!

Though ants all have similar physical characteristics, each ant species is unique and has its own behaviors, nesting habits, and food preferences. Partnering with a professional who understands the ants living in the area is the best way to stop your property from being overtaken by these common household pests in Raleigh

In North Carolina, many different species of ants live all around us; some of the most common are listed below.

  • Argentine ants
  • Carpenter ants
  • Fire ants
  • Little black ants
  • Pavement ants
  • Sugar ants

Are ants dangerous?

Though ants don’t look dangerous or destructive, the truth is, depending on the species, ants can pose a significant danger to people and our property. Take, for instance, the fire ant; these tiny red ants deliver painful bites and stings filled with venom. Those allergic to the venom can experience a severe allergic reaction. They are extremely aggressive and make it impossible to enjoy your yard if a nest is present. 

The carpenter ant poses no danger or serious health risks to people, but their nesting habits cause damage to the structure of our homes and things like wooden furniture, sheds, and fences. Carpenter ants don’t feed on wood, but they do tunnel through it and create nesting galleries. 

Luckily, for the most part, ants are nuisance pests. They invade in large numbers, are difficult to prevent and eliminate, and contaminate food and surfaces with bacteria. Their presence, no matter the species, should never be ignored in or around your home. 

Where will I find ants?

Most ant species create a main nesting site, usually outside, and then several satellite nests to help expand their colony. 

In the case of unpleasant weather or a lack of food, ants may move indoors to create satellite nests. They like to take advantage of the temperature-controlled environment and food and water our homes offer them. 

Where ants like to build their nest depends on the species, but the majority like to nest behind walls or under floors near water pipes, in HVAC units or appliances, or inside structural wood. 

When ants are nesting in your home or on your property, you will see them moving around, usually in long trails, working together to gather food to bring back to the nest. If you are regularly spotting ants, it is necessary to reach out and get professional help to eliminate them.

Why do I have an ant problem?

The most common attractants for ants are sources of food, water, and shelter. The presence of these things on your property can lead ants to invade your property, and once on your property, it is only a matter of time before those ants find their way into your home while foraging for food sources.

There are a few things ants are particularly attracted to, such as clogged gutters, leaky outdoor fixtures, unsecured garbage cans, gardens, woodpiles, pet food or animal feed, compost piles, and outdoor eating areas. In addition, ants invade homes to seek relief when the weather outside becomes too hot, dry, or wet.

How do I get rid of ants?

Ants are pests that we are all familiar with. They live together in large numbers and are difficult to completely get rid of without the trained eye of a professional. Professionals know how to find all ant nesting sites and entry points on your property in order to eliminate them. Trust Southern Pest Solutions to provide you with the services necessary to solve your property’s ant problems. 

Our professionals are prompt and provide the inspection, tailored treatments, and follow-up services to get rid of ants and other unwanted pests based on your property’s specific needs. Our goal is to ensure that your Raleigh home becomes and stays pest-free! Contact us today to learn more about our ant control services for your Raleigh home or commercial pest control services or to request your free quote!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

We have compiled a list of our most helpful tips to keep ants from invading your Raleigh yard and home.

  • Regularly take the time to clean out cabinets and underneath appliances and furniture to remove crumbs and other food debris. 
  • Wipe down tables and counters and vacuum and mop floors regularly.
  • Store dry goods in the pantry in containers with tight lids.
  • Seal cracks to help prevent ants from easily moving in and out of your house.
  • Replace damaged weatherstripping, door sweeps, and screens to keep ants out of your Raleigh home
  • Trash cans and recycling bins should always have lids on them to keep foraging ants out.