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Ant Identification & Prevention

Ants

What are ants?

Ants are insects that most people are very familiar with because they are regular visitors to our Northern California properties. Ants have become one of the most notorious and unwanted visitors. They are social insects that invade in large numbers and work together like a precision machine to meet their end goal of maintaining a successful colony.

We have many ants that find their way into our yards, homes, and businesses in our area. 

  • Argentine ants
  • California fire ants
  • Carpenter ants
  • Harvester ants
  • Odorous house ants

Are ants dangerous?

Ants certainly can be dangerous, depending on the species. Take, for instance, the California fire ant; they deliver painful stings to any person or animal in their path, making them dangerous insects to have in our yards. 

Another example of a dangerous ant is the carpenter ant. While these ants don’t directly harm people, their nesting habits do cause major damage to the structural wood inside homes and other buildings they invade. 

Most of the ants that we find on our properties aren’t dangerous, but they aren’t a welcome sight. Ants invade food storage areas, contaminate food and surfaces with bacteria, invade in large numbers, and are difficult to eliminate and control.

Why do I have an ant problem?

You have an ant problem because your property is offering them access to their basic needs. But, don’t worry, you are not alone; most of our homes provide ants with the food, water, and shelter they are seeking. 

Things that will attract ants to a property include: 

  1. Leaky pipes or faucets that provide them with a reliable water source.
  2. Decaying or water-damaged wood in or around your home that provides some species, like carpenter ants, with nesting spots. 
  3. Reliable food sources from gardens, pet food bowls, garbage cans, and indoor or outdoor eating areas.

Where are ants commonly found?

Most ants prefer to build their main nest outdoors. When their nest is in an area putting close to our homes, they often wind up inside. 

As ants move around searching for food to bring back to their nest, they often investigate gaps or cracks in our home’s exterior. Once inside, if they find food, they will come and go gathering food to bring back to their nest, or they may build a satellite nest inside to help expand their colony.

Weather is another thing that can drive ants indoors. Extremely rainy weather makes ants rethink their living conditions and they'll want to move into our dry, temperature-controlled structures.

When ants nest inside our homes, they regularly build their nests behind walls, under floors, near water pipes or HVAC systems, or inside structural wood, preferring water-damaged wood.

How do I get rid of ants?

Trust the professionals at Defender Termite & Pest Management to help you rid your Northern California property of ants. With our year-round pest control services and regular service visits, we can rid your property of ants and keep them from returning in the future. Our safe pest control solutions and fast action solve our customer’s pest problems, and their property and family have protection from our area’s toughest pests!

Win the war on pests with the help of Defender Termite & Pest Management. For home and business owners looking for dependable and effective pest control services in Sacramento, look no further; our professionals are ready to help!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Prevent future problems with ants using the following easy to accomplish prevention tips:

  • Keep ants out by using silicone caulk or another material to seal openings you discover in your foundation, exterior walls, or around windows and doors.
  • Replace damaged weatherstripping.
  • Repair leaky pipes and faucets.
  • Make sure gutters are directing water away from your foundation.
  • Trash cans should have a tight-fitting lid on them, and make sure to remove trash from your property weekly.
  • Maintain a clean kitchen. Regularly vacuum, mop, clean counters, and tables, and wash dirty dishes daily.

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