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4 Ants to Watch For This Spring

4 Ants to Watch For This Spring

4 Ants to Watch For This Spring

Posted April 26, 2020

Besides Antarctica, ants have marched onto every continent. They’re even found on the North Pole! Almost unstoppable, these bugs can create a lot of problems for homeowners everywhere. 

In the best-case scenario, ants are a nuisance. At worst, they can bite, damage property, contaminate food, and some can sting. 

To avoid some of these problems, here are the four common types of ants to watch for, the dangers they pose, and a few things you can do to keep them away.

1. Pavement Ants

As the name implies, pavement ants like to stay in cracks and crevices in cement or between rocks. When they come inside the house, they don’t cause much damage and aren’t very dangerous, so they’re typically considered to be a nuisance.

Luckily for homeowners, pavement ants are easy to get rid of. Keep your house from attracting ants of any kind by placing your food, including pet food, in airtight containers. 

Use hardware items like door sweeps, weather stripping, and silicone caulking to seal off common ant entry points. Look for gaps around utility or A/C pipes, cracks around doors and windows, window wells, and crevices around the foundation and sill plates. Ensure all your windows have screens that are in good repair to prevent ants and other pests from getting into your home.

Ants aren’t attracted to dirty homes — a clean house is just as susceptible to ants as a dirty house. Establishing a regular cleaning regimen will help prevent ants of all kinds from finding hiding places or food crumbs and will discourage them from sticking around.

2. Odorous House Ants

Besides causing a stinky problem, these aptly-named ants can cause other problems for homeowners as well. Odorous house ants contaminate all kinds of food, pile inside the wall voids, and generally harass homeowners.

Because of their ability to create thousands of sub-colonies and hundreds of egg-laying queens, odorous house ants are much more difficult to eradicate than pavement ants. A single surviving queen could restart the entire colony all over again.

The best things homeowners can do to prevent an infestation include the preventative methods mentioned above. Since odorous house ants aren’t very responsive to home remedies like boric acid or over-the-counter products, calling the professionals is usually the best way to keep them away for good.

3. Crazy Ants

Their long legs, uneven way of walking, and their rare ability to leave foraging lines on their own give crazy ants their name. While most ants can’t leave their lines, crazy ants have developed the ability to leave foraging lines to search for food on their own.

Crazy ants are also infamous for a few of their “crazy” habits that can drive a homeowner mad. With huge colonies that like to crawl into electrical wiring, crazy ants can cause shorts in electronic equipment, like TVs, radios, computers, and even toasters.

Getting rid of crazy ants can be almost impossible without professional help. Crazy ants have had thousands of years of evolution to learn to avoid attacks on the colony, including the ability to support hundreds or thousands of reproductive queens that keep the colony alive.

4. Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants’ abnormally large size makes it easy to differentiate between other ant species. While most ant workers are about 1/8 inch long, carpenter ants are typically about 1/2 inch long, which is about 4 times larger.

Carpenter ants use their powerful jaws to carve through wood and cause more damage than almost any other type of ant. Even though they don’t eat wood like termites, they can still cause just as much damage to your home.

Despite their single egg-laying queen, these ants are just as difficult to eradicate as any crazy ant or odorous house ant colony. Although you might develop an infestation in your home, the main nest is usually located in a safe place somewhere outside to protect the queen. This makes it difficult for a homeowner to eradicate carpenter ants on their own since the queen could simply send more ants if the satellite colony is killed.

Ant or Termite?

Termites are much more difficult to eradicate than ants, and the treatment process differs widely. So, spotting the difference between a carpenter ant and a termite could save you a lot of time and money. 

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

Professional Ant Control

Many people try to get rid of ants on their own before calling the professionals. While this can be effective in some cases, treating ants on your own can bring mixed results or worsen the problem. 

That’s where Fox Pest Control has your back. Our Home Protection Plans are designed to target ants, other crawling bugs, stinging insects like wasps, and rodents so you never have to worry about pests again. Our environmentally responsible, family-friendly, and pet-safe products can solve your pest problems and restore your peace of mind.

Call us today to talk about the Satisfaction Guarantee that accompanies every Home Protection Plan!

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