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Ants

What are ants?

Ants are social insects that live in groups and work together to provide for large colonies. Ant colonies may be comprised of thousands, or even millions of individual ants, all working together to ensure the survival of their species. Within a typical ant colony there are three types of ants: female workers, males, and one queen. The queen is responsible for laying eggs, while males are responsible for mating with the queen, and the female workers are responsible for feeding, defending and taking care of the colony as a whole. There are many different species of ants, such as fire ants, pavement ants, and carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are the only species of ant that may damage your property with their tunneling habits.

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Are ants dangerous?

Most ants are no real danger to your property or your health, other than being a nuisance and causing minor skin irritations if they bite you. Carpenter ants, however, can be a major threat to the structural integrity of your home or business property. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wood they’ve infested. Instead, they push the “sawdust” they create out of their tunnels. This mixture of wood shavings, dirt, and excrement is called frass, and is a common indicator or warning sign that carpenter ants exist inside your residential or commercial building.

Why do I have an ant problem?

With many invasive pests, the reason they invade comes down to ensuring the survival of themselves or their species. When it comes to ants - no matter their species - they invade for food, shelter, and water. Carpenter ants, in particular, invade homes and businesses for easily accessible food, as well as a large wooden structure to tunnel through and create nesting galleries in. Properties without the protection of a pest control program are at risk of ant infestations. Once ants invade, it can be nearly impossible to keep them out on your own.

Where will I find ants?

Most species of ants, such as pavement ants or fire ants, choose to live underground or in mounds of earth. This way, they remain more protected from predators, the environment, and weather conditions. Unlike most other species of ants, however, carpenter ants prefer to raise their colonies in natural or man-made wooden structures. Areas carpenter ant colonies may inhabit in the natural world include tree stumps, logs, and wood piles. Common, man-made structures that carpenter ants infest include fence lines, decks, and within the structural components of your building itself.

How do I get rid of ants?

Because of their large colonies and tiny size, handling an ant infestation without the help of a licensed pest control professional can be frustrating and annoying, to say the least. However, with one of the trusted ant specialists here at Bug Busterzzz on your side, you can rest assured that your home is pest free. Keep carpenter ants and other pests out of your home this year with professional pest control services from Bug Busterzzz Pest control!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Trusting a certified pest control specialist with your ant and pest control needs should always be your first line of defense.
 
But there are a few other ways you can help protect your home from the nuisance and destruction of ant colonies:

  • Eliminate all possible food sources, including spilled drinks, open pet food, and food items left out on your counters.

  • Seal leftovers in airtight plastic containers.

  • Reduce moisture by repairing leaking fixtures and removing water-damaged materials from your property.

  • Close off any potential entry points (crack or gaps) from outdoors, including your roofline, foundation, or exterior walls.

Your best solution to ants living in your home or on your business property is to reach out to the pest professionals here at Bug Busterzzz. We will help you select a pest protection plan for your property. Contact us if ants are disrupting the peace of your home or business!

 

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