When you think of ant problems, what comes to mind? Do you imagine them all over your sink or crawling across your floor in large numbers to get into your kitchen trash? These are common ways ants create a problem. But ant problems aren't always obvious. You may have a circuit that keeps tripping and not know that ants are why your lights are going off or your toaster doesn't work. Your porch floor might have a sunken area and you might not know that wood-damaging ants are to blame. You could have ongoing stomach illness in your home and have no idea that ants are bringing invisible organisms from your trash to your cutting board and food-prep surfaces. When you take steps to control ants, you'll do more than prevent them from being a nuisance. Ant pest control helps prevent all the hidden troubles ants bring into your home. Join us as we look at a few common ant pests in Lawrenceville, the problems they cause, and six no-sweat tips to keep them out of your home. If you have a frustrating ant problem and you need an ant control solution now, not later, jump to our contact page for immediate assistance. Procare Pest Services provides industry-leading ant pest control in Lawrenceville. We will guide you to a control solution that will work best for you. With that said, let's get into our topics for today.
Types Of Ants That Commonly Invade Lawrenceville Homes
We have quite a few ant pests in our area, but some are worth highlighting. These are the common ant pests that create the most trouble.
Argentine Ants: Worker ants in an Argentine ant colony are brown or light brown and are 1/9 to 1/12 of an inch long. These ants create large colonies and work together to make supercolonies.
Crazy Ants: Worker ants in a crazy ant colony are 1/8 to 1/16 of an inch long and are a dark brown to black color. They've earned their name. Crazy ants move in erratic and crazy patterns and enter Lawrenceville yards in crazy numbers. You may see these ants swarming and clumped together in a mass and you may say, "That is crazy!"
Thief Ants: Worker ants in a thief ant colony are about 1/32 of an inch long and a pale yellow to light brown or dark brown color. They are the smallest ants on our list. But they are no small problem.
Pavement Ants: Worker ants in a pavement ant colony are dark brown or almost black and about 1/8 of an inch long. You'll find these ants near curbs, in your driveway, and around your walkways.
Odorous Ants: Worker ants in an odorous house ant colony are dark brown or black and 1/8 to 1/16 of an inch long. These ants smell like rotting coconut when crushed.
Pharaoh Ants: Worker ants in a Pharaoh ant colony are yellowish or red and have a dark abdomen. They are around 1/16 of an inch in length but they come into homes in large numbers.
Fire Ants: Worker ants in a fire ant colony are 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch long, depending on the species. They may be all red or red with dark abdomens. These ants will create mounds in sunny locations on your property.
Carpenter Ants: Worker ants in a carpenter ant colony are 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch long. They have major and minor workers, so you may see they are different sizes. Carpenter ants may be dark red with a black abdomen or entirely black. The all-black ones are the worst. You definitely don't want to find black carpenter ants in your home.
The next step is to evaluate the threat when you see any of these ants or the warning signs of an ant infestation. Doing so will help you decide on the best course of action.
All The Problems Ants Can Create In Your Home
We've already touched on a few ways ants can cause issues for Lawrenceville homeowners. Let's dig in a little deeper so you know what to expect when you properly identify any of the ants listed above and consider outdoor ant control.
- Ants pick up microorganisms in dirty places and bring them to areas that need to remain clean. When this happens, it could make you feel ill.
- Certain ants spread pathogens to humans and pets, such as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Clostridium.
- Some ants get into outlets, electrical boxes, and automobiles. In these locations, they can cause electrical items to malfunction.
- Fire ants sting. A sting from a fire ant can cause a burning and itchy wound with a blister at the center. In most cases, they're just annoying pests, but a sting from a fire ant can threaten individuals who have a stinging insect allergy.
- Carpenter ants damage wood. While they won't get into your home and destroy every piece of wood they find, they don't have to do this to cause significant damage. When structural timbers weaken, it can stress other studs, trusses, and beams that do not have carpenter ant damage.
We often think of ants as nuisance pests because they are certainly a nuisance, but ants present more problems than most people think. It is best to take steps to keep ants out of your home.
Six No-Sweat Tips To Keep Ants Out Of Your House
When we say "no sweat," it is important to point out that we're talking about how easy it is to understand the benefits of these tips. You're likely to sweat when trying to keep ants out of your home. It is to be expected. But you won't waste any sweat wondering if they'll work.
1. Seal potential entry points that ants use to get into your home.
Ants get into your home because they can, which is true even of carpenter ants. While carpenter ants can chew a hole, they often use existing holes. Block access to prevent ants from getting inside.
- Fill holes using a caulking gun or expanding foam.
- Seal cracks.
- Replace weatherstripping and door sweeps.
- Repair screens.
- Install vent protection.
- Cut branches to remove routes for ants to take.
2. Reduce food sources around your home.
Ants eat lots of things. Some of the things they eat may surprise you. Take steps to reduce food and reduce ant activity. You'll have fewer troubles with ants in your home if you have fewer ants exploring the exterior of your home. Remove the following when possible.
- Rotting organic matter
- Dead insects
- Living insects
3. Address moisture issues around your home.
Almost all ants are attracted to damp habitats. Water is a building block of life. When your perimeter is moist, you'll invite insect activity, including ant activity.
- Clean your gutters.
- Fix your gutters.
- Remove extra vegetation.
- Remove objects that collect water.
- Fix plumbing issues.
4. Reduce indoor food options.
When a worker ant enters your home and finds food, it recruits other worker ants to enter your home and collect the food source. So, along with outdoor ant control, you need to consider indoor ant control.
- Clean and deep clean inside your home.
- Put dirty dishes in soapy water if you can't wash them right away.
- Put pet food down only during meals.
- Keep food covered when placed on counters.
- Check wastepaper baskets for food items and put them in the kitchen trash.
- Consider only eating in your dining room or kitchen.
- Store pantry foods in sealed containers.
5. Address indoor moisture issues.
When a worker ant finds an indoor water source, it may lead to an indoor nest. Ants pick liquids up and carry droplets back to the nest. While amazing to watch on the Discovery channel, you don't want to have them doing this in your home.
- Fix leaky kitchen faucets.
- Fix leaky shower heads or tub faucets.
- Fix weeping garbage disposal seals.
- Fix weeping pipes.
Along with these steps, consider installing ventilation or dehumidifiers in areas of your home that stay humid. Some ants gravitate to humid spaces and will only live in a humid home.
6. Don't be afraid to get help.
If you don't have the time, energy, or inclination to take the steps necessary to keep ants out, consider another alternative. You can contact a pest control provider and get ongoing pest control service for your home. Pest control service provides layers of protection.
Have you had enough of ants? Use these tips to keep them out of your home, or contact ProCare Pest Services for ant control in Lawerenceville.
The Key To Total Ant Control For Your Home
Professional ant control can keep ants out of your home even if you have vulnerabilities and conducive conditions you don't have the time or energy to address. It can also be extra protection on top of what you're doing. In both cases, we can help you get the best protection possible. Reach out to ProCare Pest Services. We've been offering effective pest control in Lawrenceville since 2014. We can guide you toward the right solution for ant control in your house and around your home. Connect with us today to schedule a visit from one of our friendly and knowledgeable technicians. We're here to help.