What are ants?
Ants are insects and easily identified by their three distinct body parts, defined waist, bent legs, and short antennae. Ants live worldwide and are especially prominent in tropical areas. However, many species of ants have discovered the benefits of living with people and have become frequent visitors to our yards, homes, and businesses.
Many ant species invade our Georgia properties; partnering with a professional is the best way to identify which of the following are in your yard or home:
- Fire ants
- Carpenter ants
- Pharaoh ants
- Acrobat ants
- Pavement ants
- Harvest ants
Are ants dangerous?
Ants living in our area that invade our indoor and outdoor spaces spread bacteria to surfaces, contaminate food, and are challenging to get rid of. But, some ants pose even more significant problems for people and our properties. Carpenter ants cause structural damage, Pharaoh ants spread more than a dozen pathogens that make people ill, and fire ants are aggressive, painfully biting and stinging people and animals.
If ants are nesting on your Georgia property or looking for food on your property, it is best to take swift action and partner with a professional to remove them.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Worker ants traveling through gardens, flower beds, or kitchens are on the search for food to bring back to their colony. Once ants discover a source of moisture or food, they will alert the rest of the colony by laying down a pheromone trail. Ants will become a problem on any property that offers them food, moisture, and shelter, which, unfortunately for us, is most of our properties.
Where will I find ants?
Ants live together in large groups or colonies. Most species nest underground and have multiple nesting sites. Where exactly they nest depends on their species. For example, fire ants prefer to nest in open sunny areas, pavement ants like to nest in the soil next to or under pavement or cement, and Pharaoh ants like to nest indoors. Some ants, such as carpenter ants, nest inside fallen trees, tree stumps, and other damp wood.
Inside of our homes, ants nest in various spots, usually preferring damp areas. Spaces behind floors and walls, behind sinks, tubs, baseboards, and structural wood are common indoor nesting spots.
How do I get rid of ants?
Let the professionals at Prestige Pest Control get rid of ants from your Georgia property. We believe in treating our customers like family and providing pest control services that are affordable and result in a pest-free home. Our highly trained and knowledgeable professionals solve problems with ants and other pests through our customized services and products that are EPA certified and safe around people and pets.
To learn more about our monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly residential or commercial pest control options – including fire ant control services – reach out to us at Prestige Pest Control today!
How can I prevent ants in the future?
- Food attracts ants. Keep indoor and outdoor eating areas organized and free of food debris.
- Pick up your pet’s leftover food. A bowl of pet food is something ants just can’t resist.
- Remove water sources like clogged gutters, low-lying areas, and containers like buckets and bowls.
- Remove overgrown vegetation, fallen trees, and dense vegetation from your yard that could attract ants.
- Reduce moisture around your house by making sure gutters are working and cutting back shrubbery to keep the perimeter of your home as dry as possible.
- Inside, reduce moisture that attracts ants by repairing leaky pipes and using dehumidifiers.