18 Mar HAVE YOU BEEN NOTICING MORE ANTS THAN NORMAL?
Like mosquitos and flies, ants do not go into a true dormant state in winter. Instead, they enter a state of slowed metabolism during cooler months. The queen ants stop laying eggs and the worker ants also greatly reduce their activities. Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions is here to share all you need to know about ants in Fayetteville, NC.
TYPES OF ANTS
The first step to eliminating ants in and around your home is to identify the type of ant. Certain types of ants may require specific pest removal techniques and the exterminators at Eco Advantage are here to assist you with getting ants out of your home for good.
Here are a few of the most common types of ants found in homes:
Dark Rover Ants: Dark rover ants tend to have very large colonies and can make their indoor nests in kitchens and bathrooms. Rover ants are attracted to sweet liquids. To identify a dark rover ant, they have a dark brown body color and one node.
Carpenter Ants: Carpenter ants are attracted to wood for their nest creation, not as a food source. Carpenter ants prefer moist areas near a home’s woodwork. Carpenter ants vary in size and color but are usually larger than most other types of ants and have a darker color.
European Fire Ant: European fire ants prefer warm, moist areas. They make their nests around tubs and hot water heaters. To identify a European fire ant, look for two nodes and a reddish color.
Crazy Ants: Yes, this is their name! These ants do not have a preference for attractions and are most often found indoors under carpets and inside houseplants. To identify crazy ants, look for long legs and dark color.
WHAT ATTRACTS ANTS
Ants easily can invade your home and an important part of ant control is being aware of what is attracting them. Once your home is rid of the ants, it is important to take precautions to ants do not return to your home. It is well known that food is one of the biggest components attracting ants, but other things may bring them into your house as well.
Some of the top items that may attract ants:
- Food sources — keep on top of all cleaning to prevent ant returns to your home.
- Moisture – Ants require a water source to survive and can even store water for later within their colonies
- Holes – It is important to patching up holes in the wall or caulking around windows and doors.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FIND ANTS IN YOUR HOME
While ants in your home are annoying, they do not pose a serious health risk. It is important to remove any potential food and water sources from the area in which you find ants. You also need to thoroughly clean and sanitize the area the ants traveled across as ants leave behind a scent trail. Best you can, note the characteristics of the ants so that the pest control company can identify and prepare properly for their removal. Also, take notes as to where you see the ants coming from.
While there are many options available to try to rid your home of ants on your own, it is important to get the help of a professional exterminator. If ants have found a viable food or water source, they may have already set up a nest and have been laying eggs. Contact Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions for assistance with any type of ant problem. We provide resources to help you get rid of ants and keep them gone for good.
Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions is your trusted pest control expert. Whether your home is in Fayetteville or Hope Mills, you can count on Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions to rid your home of pesky rodents, cockroaches, spiders, and other nuances. Be sure to give us a call today at (910) 425-6415 to learn more about how we can eliminate your ant and other pests for good!