Ant Identification

What are ants?

Ants are a type of insect, and it is safe to say probably one of the most common pests to invade our homes and annoy us. Ants live all around us and are not shy about using our residential and commercial properties as a place to nest and forage for food and water sources. Keeping ants out of our Portsmouth homes and businesses is frustrating as their small size makes it tricky. Their large colony size and multiple nesting locations make them a challenge to get rid of.

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Many ant species live in our area, but the three main species that cause us the most issues are carpenter ants, odorous house ants, and pavement ants.

Are ants dangerous?

Carpenter ants are large destructive ants that are dangerous to have on our property. They nest inside damp or water-damaged wood. When carpenter ants decide to nest in our homes, they will tunnel through and damage structural wood.

Ants like pavement ants and odorous house ants aren't a significant danger, but they are unwelcome pests to have living in our yards and homes. Any species of ant can cause various problems for people, including being an annoyance, contaminating food, creating unpleasant odors, and spreading bacteria over surfaces. 

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants have an affinity for sweet foods. Therefore, properties with gardens, fruit trees, recycling bins, and other food sources are highly attractive to ants. They also feed on proteins and grease, again, things found around most households.

Ants can live outside away from people, but many species have learned the benefits of living near us. Our properties often provide ants with never-ending sources of food, such as the following:

  • Open trash cans and recycling bins
  • Gardens
  • Pet food bowls
  • Grill areas
  • Kitchens and pantries

Where will I find ants?

Ants typically make their main nest outside, traveling from the nest each day to a food source. Ants don't have access to GPS, so to help the other colony members find the food they've discovered, they create a pheromone trail. The pheromone trails are why you often find ants traveling together in long trails.

Carpenter ants nest outside in decaying trees roots, tree stumps, fallen trees, logs, or wooden construction debris. Inside homes, they prefer to build nests inside structural wood damaged by water. Their nests are often behind walls in bathrooms, kitchens, wall voids, and near windows or doors.

Pavement ants like to build outdoor nests in the damp soil next to sidewalks, in cracks in the pavement, next to foundations, and next to driveways. If they have found a way inside and decide to stay and nest, you will likely discover their nests in the insulation, masonry walls, or the cracks in cement walls and wall voids.

Odorous house ants prefer to nest in the damp soil under rocks, fallen trees, landscape ties, woodpiles, and mulch. Inside, they nest near areas of moisture like walls voids near water pipes, sinks, tubs, windows, or doors.

How do I get rid of ants?

At Ohio Pest Control, we can provide the customized services needed to eliminate ants from your home or business. Our family-owned and operated company will protect your family and property from problems with ants and other pests. To discover all the residential or commercial pest control options we can offer, reach out to the local professionals at Ohio Pest Control today!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

In conjunction with our effective services, our prevention tips will help you defend your yard and home against ants:

  • Keep food in the kitchen to limit the crumbs that attract hungry ants.
  • Regularly wipe down counters and tables and vacuum floors.
  • Eliminate other sources of food by keeping lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
  • If you have pets, pick up uneaten food and make sure to store the food in sealed, hard-sided containers.
  • Help stop ants from easily finding a way into your home by inspecting its exterior and sealing any openings you find.
  • Place weatherstripping and door sweeps on windows and doors.
  • Get rid of excess moisture that attracts many ants by making sure gutters are directing water away from your home's perimeter, fixing leaky pipes or air conditioners, and using dehumidifiers.

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