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Ant Identification

What are ants?

Pavement ants, carpenter ants, sugar ants, crazy ants, pharaoh ants, and Argentine ants are among the most common repeatedly invade New York properties. Ants living outside and away from people provide a lot of benefits, including acting as prey for other animals, aerating the soil, and getting rid of decaying debris. However, when ants decide to take over our yard and home, they become annoying, potentially dangerous, and unwanted pests.

an ant on wood

Unrelenting pests to deal with, ants move onto our properties in large numbers, have multiple nesting sites, and are difficult to control and eliminate. The best way to treat and identify ants that have found a way onto your property and get rid of them is with a professional's help. Local professionals know the ants that are common to our area and how to treat them.

Are ants dangerous?

Though often seen as just annoying or insignificant pests, ants are quite problematic. Ants, depending on the species, can pose a variety of problems including:

  • The potential to harbor harmful bacteria.
  • Contaminating food.
  • Biting or stinging.
  • Structural damage.

At the first signs of ants on your property, it is important to reach out to a pest control professional to get rid of them and stop them from returning.

Why do I have an ant problem?

The main reason ants are on your property is that food sources attracted them. Once comfortable in your outdoor space, it is common for ants to find their way inside through cracks in the foundation, gaps under doors, and other openings.

Ants work together to feed the colony. Worker ants create pheromone trails that provide a map for ants to move from the nest to sources of food each day. As the ants move back forth from inside your home to the outside each day, there is an increased chance of them introducing bacteria back into your home.

Ants are naturally attracted to sweets, which is why you'll often find them around recycling bins, sticky spills, sugary drinks, and garden areas. They like to feed on proteins and greasy foods, which is why trash cans, leftover pet food, grill areas, and spaces under large appliances attract ants.

Where will I find ants?

It is common to see ants crawling and gathering around the floor of your home, especially in kitchen areas, outside on walkways, gardens, trash receptacles, or around a food source.

Outside, ants nest in damp soil under things like fallen trees, mulch, dense shrubbery, or landscaping ties. After getting inside, ants nest behind walls or under floors near areas of food and moisture like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. The carpenter ants that move into homes and other structures nests within structural wood and prefer pieces of wood damaged by water.

How do I get rid of ants?

If you are looking for a long-term solution to your ant problem, reach out to the professionals at BHB Pest Elimination. We dedicate ourselves to working with our customers to meet their unique pest control needs. Our professionals will provide the services needed to get rid of current ant problems and stop them from returning to your property. We are committed to not just controlling pests, but eliminating them! To learn more about our ant control services, contact us at BHB Pest Elimination today.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Let our professionals help you control ants through our professional home pest control and commercial pest control services, and with the following ant prevention tips:

  • Close openings leading into your home by sealing spaces around windows, doors, and in foundations.
  • Store food in airtight storage containers or the refrigerator.
  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.
  • Pick up uneaten pet food.
  • Keep the kitchen clean, remove the garbage, and vacuum regularly.
  • Eliminate areas of excess moisture.
 

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