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Ant Identification

What are ants?

A common household pest in Georgia, the ant is one of the most frustrating pests homeowners deal with on a regular basis. Ants invade our yard and homes in large numbers, and just when you think they’re gone, there they are again! Ants are easy for most to identify: they have three body regions, six legs, and two short antennae. Most of the ants you see wandering around your home and yard won’t have wings, but the large reproductive members, or swarmers, do; they use their wings to emerge from a colony in the spring, in order to find a mate and start a new colony.

close up of red ants

The most common ants found living in our yards and homes throughout our area of Georgia include:

  • Red ants
  • Fire ants
  • Sugar ants
  • Odorous house ants
  • Acrobat ants
  • Argentine ants

Are ants dangerous?

Depending on the species, ants do have the potential to be dangerous or destructive. One of the biggest problems with ants in your home is that, as they travel, they pick up a variety of bacteria on their legs and bodies. When inside your home, they will contaminate food and surfaces with bacteria that have the potential to make you and your family ill. Some species, such as the red ant and fire ant, are aggressive, and deliver painful bites and stings to anything they view as a threat. Another problem with ants is that they tend to find their way into electrical equipment or farm equipment, stripping the wires and causing electrical shorts.

Why do I have an ant problem?

To feed their huge colonies, ants are always on the lookout for food, and will take advantage of any food they find. Ants are omnivores, and feed on a variety of proteins, sweets, meats, and liquids. Our yards and kitchens often provide ants with food that they can feed their colony with.

Ants find food outside in our yards, open trash cans or recycling bins, pet food bowls, gardens, and our outdoor eating areas. Inside, ants take full advantage of food they come across in our kitchen areas. They will get into food packaging, grease under stoves, crumbs on the floor, fruit on the table, or cookies on counters.

Where will I find ants?

Ants live outside all around us. They build their main nests outdoors, but do often their way inside, building satellite nests to expand their colony in an area that is safe and near food. Ants build their outdoor nests in a variety of places including our yards and gardens. They also nest in parks, athletic fields, golf courses, meadows, crop fields, and wooded areas.

Ants that have taken advantage of openings in our home’s exterior walls to nest inside will place their nests in secluded areas behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings. They also place their nests inside of electrical equipment, behind large appliances, and in structural wood.

How do I get rid of ants?

To protect your property from ants, it is essential to maintain an effective pest prevention and control program. For the complete removal of ants from your Georgia property, call MSI Termite & Pest Control and learn about our Peachtree City ant control services. By working together, we can make sure your home or business stays free of ants and other pests.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

At MSI Termite & Pest Control, we want to provide you with some helpful tips to help you avoid problems with ants in your yard:

  • Never leave food out in the open.
  • Store food in airtight containers or in the refrigerator.
  • Remove trash from your home on a daily basis.
  • Keep ants from finding food in your yard by keeping locking lids on trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins.
  • Stop ants from moving into your home by sealing cracks in the foundation, using door sweeps, and making sure that screens are not torn.
  • Keep covers over vents and drains.
  • Seal spaces around wire, pipes, and air conditioners.
  • Reduce excess moisture in and around your home by fixing leaky pipes, keeping gutters clear, and using dehumidifiers.
 

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