All About Ants

All the ant information you need in one handy spot.

Ant Facts & Information

Ants are small insects that vary in size, shape, and function. Black, reddish-brown, orange, or other colors, they all have six legs and bulbous abdomens with a constricted waist. Ants tend to travel in large working groups, so when one shows up, it’s almost guaranteed there are more on the way. The damage they can or cannot do varies as well. So, knowing what kind of ant you’re dealing with at your home or business is essential.

It’s an unfortunate fact that ants tend to come back year after year. We call it “ant time”. That early spring time when all of a sudden, it looks like you’re at a cartoon picnic. The bad news is that ants are so small, they are difficult to keep out. The good news is that basic, routine cleaning will help! But, the best way to control ants in your home is to bring in a professional exterminator. Their trained eye can identify the ant and use the best ant treatment method for that species.

How Do I Get Rid of Ants

Ants can seem like just a nuisance but depending on the kind of ant you have, they can also be destructive. No matter what kind it is, you want to get rid of them. Upgrading your sanitation strategies along with bringing in a company to provide ant treatment techniques will fight the ants and make sure they are escorted out. Keeping it clean is a great way to keep ant problems away but they are also known to show up in teams anyway.

You can work to prevent ants by eliminating standing water and keeping tree branches and other plants cut back from your building. Also, make sure there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your foundation. That’s like a vacancy sign to ants and many other pests. If the problem becomes too large for you to handle, bring in a professional ant exterminator to take care of any ant infestation – no matter what the species is.

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How to get rid of ants

Ant treatments depend on which kind of ant you have. Some will be taken care of with better cleaning and sanitizing strategies. Some, like carpenter ants, need a trained professional to take care of them.

How to get rid of carpenter ants

Carpenter ants require a trained professional to not only properly identify the pest you have (carpenter ants often get confused with termites), but to take care of them before they can do the damage they are known for. As for any ant, you also need someone that can find not only where they’re getting in but where the colony is. It’s not a DIY pest control situation.

How to get rid of sugar ants

Sugar ants are true to their name. They’re attracted to sugar! So, immediately wiping up spills like wine, beer, and sugary juices will help take away their food source. Sugar ants will vacate the premises if their food source is not there. Remember, though. They’re tiny! Even the smallest of spills and crumbs can sustain them.

How to keep ants away

There are many DIY methods that people seem to swear by to keep ants away. Some say cinnamon, peppermint oil, baking soda, and white vinegar. But these methods fade, and nobody wants their house smelling like white vinegar all the time. The best ways to keep ants away are proper cleaning, professional exclusion strategies, and professional ant exterminator services.

Can ants fly

Most ant species can develop wings and fly (but only when breeding). Another common question is, do ants have wings? While almost all ant species can develop wings and fly, only reproductive ants will actually go through the transformation process (and only during breeding season).

How to get rid of ant hills

You can rake open the nest and pour in boiling water (add liquid soap for extra killing power). Boiling water does kill vegetation, so be careful using this method on lawns. Some say to add vinegar but that will definitely kill vegetation, so we don’t recommend it.

What are carpenter ants

Carpenter ants range from ¼-7/16 inch long. Its thorax is evenly round, and they have a circle of hairs at the tip of the abdomen. The most significant attribute is the sawdust they leave behind as they tunnel through the wood to create nests.

What repels ants

There are many DIY methods that people seem to swear by to repel ants. Some say cinnamon, peppermint oil, baking soda, and white vinegar. But these methods fade, and nobody wants their house smelling like white vinegar all the time. The best way to repel ants is to clean properly, have professional exclusion done, and bring in a professional ant exterminator.

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