Ants can enter a home but the hundreds of thousands. When you walk into a room and find ants everywhere, it will likely startle you. But things aren't as dire as you might expect. Ants can exit your home as quickly as they enter it. Sometimes, all that is necessary to control ants is to remove the food source that invited them in. But this isn't a permanent solution. Ants can keep coming in every time scout ants find food, or you might continually see ants if you have an indoor nest.
Join us today as we shed some light on how common ants in Marietta behave. We'll share our best ant prevention tips and tell you how professional ant control works. If you like learning about pest control, you'll enjoy this quick article about all-natural ant prevention and control. But, as always, your ProCare Pest Services team is available to assist you. You don't have to battle pests alone. Our friendly technicians are familiar with the variety of ants we have in Marietta. Contact us if you'd like a professional option or for ant pest control services. We're happy to help.
What Do Ants In Marietta Typically Look Like?
All ants are insects. That means they have six legs, two antennae, and three body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen). It is hard to see the separation between the thorax and abdomen on many insects but not on an ant. It has a pinched waist.
There are a few different types of ants in our area. It is helpful to know how to tell certain ants apart. You can use these quick descriptions to help you figure out what ants you're seeing:
Fire ants are entirely red or red with a dark abdomen. Depending on the species, workers are 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch long.
Carpenter ants are entirely black or red with a black abdomen. Workers are between 1/4 and 1/2 an inch long.
Pharaoh ants are amber-colored ants with dark abdomens. Workers are around 1/16 of an inch, making them the tiniest ants listed here.
You may have noticed that the sizes above are for the worker ants. It is important to point out that winged ants produced by ant colonies are around twice the size of the workers, which can pose some confusion. If you see a red ant with a black abdomen that is almost an inch long, you might think it is a carpenter ant, but a fire ant alate can also be that long. So, it is important to consider the wings.
When you see ants crawling all over the place, hopefully, they're workers and not alates. The job of the winged ants is to create new colonies. When you see them, it is a warning sign that your ant problems are about to get worse. But finding workers isn't something to shrug off. Ants can bring trouble into your home. Let's take a quick look.
Are House Ants Typically Dangerous?
No. Ants in Marietta are not typically dangerous. In most cases, they're just an incredible nuisance. But there are some dangers to consider. If ants are taking over your home, you'll want to know these ant facts:
Most ants are attracted to unsanitary conditions. They are as comfortable in your garbage as they are in your pantry. That is a big problem because they can carry tiny, disease-causing microorganisms from an unsanitary environment to something you expect to be clean, like a plate, fork, cutting board, or package of stored food.
An ant sting can turn into a dangerous situation. The ants that sting are fire ants. While most fire ant wounds will result in a small, irritated bump with a pustule in the center, there is a potential for a serious allergic response. If you suspect someone in your home has an allergy, take steps to guard against exposure to these ants.
Ants can present a danger to your property. The ants that do this are called carpenter ants. Don't let the name fool you. These ants aren't going to repair your home. Over time, they'll slowly cause damage and take a bite out of your bank account.
Some ants are associated with the transmission of diseases. The worst ants in this category are pharaoh ants. We recommend checking out resources at the CDC for staphylococcus, streptococcus, and clostridium, three diseases spread by these ants.
Most of the time, ants are just going to annoy you. But it is important to get rid of ants and keep them out of your home, just in case. Let's turn our attention to the steps you can take to deter ants from getting into your home and drive them out if you already have an ant problem.
Six Simple Ways To Deter Ants On Your Own
The methods that work to keep ants out of your home will also help you deal with the ants you're already seeing. As we share these simple-to-understand methods, we'll also share why they help with ant infestations.
1. Keep Things Clean
Whether inside your home or around your exterior, sanitation can impact ant behavior. Why? It is because ants can smell decaying food from a distance and are okay with eating food well past its due date. Try these chores:
Sanitize trash receptacles.
Make sure all trash bags are put directly into containers.
Use scented trash bags.
Wash counters and keep floors and rugs clean.
2. Protect Food
A food source can lure ants to your property and increase your chance of an infestation inside your home, and an indoor food source can invite ants to enter your home in large numbers. Therefore, along with sanitation, it is critical to protect the food:
Rake nuts up and store them away from your exterior.
Pick up fruit that falls to the ground.
Move bird feeders away from your exterior walls.
Address aphid problems to prevent honeydew.
Address weed problems to reduce nectar.
Store pantry foods in sealed containers to keep ants out and smells in.
Always keep food covered when left out on your counters.
Put pet food down for short periods.
3. Address Moisture Problems
We're sure you know that water is a building block of life. All creatures need it. But you might not know that ants can pick up liquid droplets and bring them back to their nest. What this means is that a water source can inspire an ant problem as easily as a food source. Prevent water problems by performing the following tasks:
Clear out your gutters.
Patch gutter breaks.
Repair leaking faucets or showerheads.
4. Control Insect Populations
Ants eat insects, both alive and dead. The more insects you have, the more interesting your yard will be to ants. The same is true on the inside of your home. If you have indoor pests, you can attract an indoor ant problem. Take these steps:
Keep lights off at night.
Remove leaf litter as it accumulates.
Move woodpiles and debris away from your exterior.
Remove spider webs.
Repair damaged screens to keep insects out of your home.
5. Patch Gaps
All ants enter your home through tiny openings. If you want to reduce your chances of indoor infestation, you'll want to get your caulking gun out and do the following home repairs:
Fill in wood cavities.
Fill in plumbing gaps.
Fill in voids behind joists.
Seal around windows, doors, and other framing.
Replace weatherstripping and sweeps on exterior doors or windows.
Use a foundation repair kit to seal cracks.
These tips take a bit of effort but address pests at the source, unlike over-the-counter pest control products that only deal with the symptom. You can eliminate pests all day long and still have pest problems. That is no way to deal with ants.
Contact Us To Completely Eliminate An Ant Infestation
Our professionals use methods established by industry experts that deal with pests all the time. When it comes to arresting all ant activity in a home, our technicians have the training, tools, and experience to get the job done right. Here are a few things you can expect when you contact your ProCare Pest Services for ant control in Marietta:
We perform a pest control inspection to evaluate the conditions on (or inside) your property that promote ant activity.
We select products and methods to address the conditions observed.
We may apply mound treatments in your yard to arrest ant activity in key areas. Our products are undetectable to ants and work to eliminate the colonies.
We may apply products to prevent ants from entering your home through exterior walls.
We may apply exclusions to give you long-lasting protection against ants.
We will use appropriate, EPA-approved products to arrest ant activity in your home.
We will use monitoring devices and professional inspection techniques to evaluate the success of the control program.
When you want complete ant control, going with an experienced professional is always best. For help in the Marietta area, contact ProCare Pest Services. We have a customized solution for your ant pest control problem. Connect with us today.