Ant Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Ants

ants eating spilled food

Many types of ants thrive throughout Georgia, and all homeowners are at risk of having their homes or yards taken over by these opportunistic creatures. Learn more about household ant infestations by reading our helpful ant guide. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Ants

What are ants?

Georgia is a place where insects of all kinds thrive, with ants being one of the most common to find in and around our yards and homes.

Ants are social insects that live together in large numbers dividing their members into different groups. Each group has a specific job that they are responsible for. Worker ants make up the majority of an ant colony. One of the worker ant's most essential tasks is leaving the nest each day to forage for food. Workers are the ants you see traveling around your property.

Argentine ants, crazy ants, fire ants, odorous house ants, pavement ants, pharaoh ants, and thief ants are examples of the ants that make themselves well known to Georgia homeowners.

Are ants dangerous?

Ants are viewed as nuisance pests, and since they can easily be squished by your shoe, most people aren't too scared of these insects. However, some do pose more significant problems than others and cause harm to our property or our health.

Fire ants are tiny terrors that are aggressive and swarm in large numbers anything they view as a threat. Simply walking past a nest on the way to get your mail could trigger an attack and leave you to deal with many painful bites and stings.

Pharaoh ants have adapted to living indoors and pose significant health risks. They are a serious threat in hospital settings. Pharaoh ants carry and spread disease-causing pathogens and seek sources of moisture from patients' wounds and IV bags.

The best way to accurately identify what type of ant is on your property, determine their threats, and have them quickly removed is to partner with a local and experienced professional.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants will make themselves at home anywhere there are food and shelter sources available. Though they prefer to nest outside using soil, wood, rocks, and other natural elements to their benefit, food often draws them into our homes.

Ants are opportunistic scavengers, so they won't hesitate to take advantage of our trash cans, kitchens, or pantries that provide them with reliable food sources. Once inside, many will decide to stay and create a satellite nest near their newfound food sources.

Where will I find ants?

You will find that ants in Georgia are active throughout much of the year, especially those that have decided to create an indoor nest.

Ants living indoors take advantage of the temperature-controlled environment and remain active, feeding and breeding throughout the entire year. Some of their most popular indoor nesting sites include wall voids, crawl spaces, and attic spaces. If you regularly see ants moving throughout your house, a nest is likely present.

Ants living outdoors are most active during the late spring, summer, and fall. Those are the times of the year when temperatures are warmest and plenty of food is available in your yard and gardens.

How do I get rid of ants?

Partnering with a professional is always the best way to remove ants from your home and prevent them from returning. At ProCare Pest Services, we are committed to our customers and providing the exceptional and reliable services necessary to rid your home of unwanted pests.

We are a local, Marietta-based pest control company that understands the unique pest control needs of people living in and around Marietta and Lawrenceville, Georgia. Using sprays, spot treatments, granular treatments, and more, we will successfully solve your property's ant problems. To learn more about our residential and commercial pest control offerings, please call us today!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Ants are some of the most challenging pests to keep out of our homes. To help prevent problems with ants, we want to offer the following prevention tips.

  • Caulk any cracks that develop in your foundation.
  • Replace damaged trim or mortar.
  • Install door sweeps and repair torn screens.
  • Create a barrier between any soil or mulch and your foundation.
  • Reduce food odors by keeping lids on trash cans, picking up uneaten pet food, maintaining clean outdoor eating areas, and regularly washing dishes.

 For more helpful ant control information, reach out now!

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