What You Need To Know About Ants
Ants are insects that we have contact with on an almost daily basis. They live outdoors throughout Fort Lauderdale and can find their way onto any of our properties. Because of their small size and how common they are, it can be easy to overlook their presence. Ants are pests that invade spaces in large numbers and are frustrating to control and eliminate. Learning about these insects is the best way to stop ants from becoming a problem on your property.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ants
What are ants?
In general, ants are relatively easily identified by their three distinct body segments (head, thorax, and abdomen), short, bent antennae, and six legs. Each species of ants will vary slightly in their overall appearance and have unique behavioral quirks that help to identify them.
Correctly identifying which type of ant has found its way to your property is critical to ensuring that the correct treatment is performed and the ants are eliminated.
Some of the most common ants living in our region of Florida and regularly become a problem for homeowners are:
- Carpenter ants: These are one of the largest ants to invade structures.
- Odorous house ants: When crushed, these ants emit a foul, rotten coconut-like odor.
- White-footed ants: These ants have a black or brown body with whitish-yellow feet (tarsi).
Ants are social and live together in large groups. Their ability to take over our indoor and outdoor spaces in large numbers, communicate, and eat the same foods as we do are some of the many reasons why they are so difficult to control without the experience of a professional.
Are ants dangerous?
Most ant species you will come into contact with do not pose significant dangers to people or our property. However, it can’t be overlooked that, as a group, ants are extremely annoying and take over properties in large, difficult-to-control numbers. When ants enter our homes, they contaminate surfaces and any food they come across with the bacteria they carry on their bodies and legs.
The species of ant in our area that poses the most danger to our property is the carpenter ant. When carpenter ants enter our homes and decide to stay and nest within its structural wood, they are a serious problem. While carpenter ant damage doesn’t occur overnight, if they are not eliminated from your home in a timely manner, their presence will eventually damage the structure of your home.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants are small insects that can move from our yards and into our homes without much difficulty. While most ants in Florida are happy to live outside, our houses provide refuge from heavy rains, a sheltered space to nest, and easy access to food and water.
Ants multiply quickly, and once they discover your property offers them their necessities, they will lay down a pheromone trail to alert other colony members and return to your property on a regular basis. The ant’s ability to effectively communicate with the members of their colony is why these pests are so successful and so difficult for homeowners to control.
Where will I find ants?
Most species of ants are attracted to moisture and like to build their nest in the ground in areas of damp soil. Places ants regularly build their nests in our Fort Lauderdale yards include under landscaping ties, rocks, and fallen trees. The soil next to foundations or within cracks in the pavement is also a popular nesting spot. The ground isn’t the only place ants nest; some species, like the carpenter ant, nest inside dead trees or other pieces of wood or wooden structures they come across.
If ants have moved into your home to nest, they like to build their nests in secluded areas that provide warmth and moisture, like attics, crawl spaces, wall voids, and spaces behind large appliances.
It is also essential to understand that a single ant colony can maintain multiple nesting sites. To find and treat all the ant nests on your property, it is always best to partner with a Fort Lauderdale pest control expert.
How do I get rid of ants?
Get rid of carpenter ants and the other species of ants that call Fort Lauderdale home with the help of Mitchell Pest. It takes a year-round commitment to keep ants and other common household pests away from our Fort Lauderdale homes. At Mitchell Pest, we provide customers with safe, fast, and effective treatments. We want to help you solve your pest problems and help you maintain a pest-free home in the future. To control ants, we will inspect and treat the inside and outside of your home, concentrating on hot spots. For more information about our effective ant control solutions, reach out today.
How can I prevent ants in the future?
To help keep your home ant-free, take advantage of the following ant prevention tips.
- Dispose of garbage from inside your home and remove it from your property regularly.
- Keep lids on outdoor trashcans and store them away from the exterior of your home.
- Immediately clean up crumbs and spills.
- Ensure gutters are working to direct rainwater away from the perimeter of your home.
- Use silicone caulk, door sweeps, and weatherstripping around windows and doors to eliminate common entry points.
For the best ant pest control near you, contact us today. We are here to help you keep ants and other pests out of your Fort Lauderdale home!
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