What are ants?
Ants belong to the order of Hymenoptera, an order known for their females inserting their eggs into hosts or in places that are otherwise inaccessible. For ants, these eggs can usually be found underground, inside a tree, or within another structure of wood. Each ant colony is separated into three castes: workers, male reproductives, and female reproductives (queens). In the pest world, ants are most commonly found scavenging for sources of food and water across yards and inside homes or, in the case of a carpenter ants, destroying the structural wood of a home to build a nest.
Are ants dangerous?
For the most part, ants are not dangerous creatures, especially the ant species found around Delaware and surrounding states. The only species of ant that poses any major concern in our area is the carpenter ant, which makes its home by excavating into the water-damaged wood of homes. Beyond this, ants are mostly considered nuisance pests that disturb the peace of homeowners both indoors and outdoors.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants are foraging creatures by nature, known to build their colonies close to an accessible source of food and water. If your home or yard is providing ants with easy access to the scraps they need to survive and thrive, chances are they are more likely to expand and continue to invade, rather than leave you and your home alone. Most commonly the problem starts when a scouting ant invades your home through a crack or gap in its external foundation. Once that ant gets inside, if it finds the sustenance it is looking for, it will then bring information back to the colony about your home's location. As long as ants have a way in and a source of food and water nearby, your ant problems will not go away.
Where are ants commonly found?
In our area, ants are commonly found nesting in underground colonies around our homes. These colonies act as home bases for the ants scavenging the surrounding area. Some ants species such as carpenter ants will build their nests inside wood either out in nature or within the structure of your home itself and others will establish their nests right within the wall voids of your home.
How do I get rid of ants?
If you are dealing with ants in and around your home, the best thing you can do is reach out to the professionals here at Green Pest Management. With one visit we will not only evaluate your problem thoroughly - identifying species of ants, nesting sites, and attractants - we will also set up a defensive barrier around your home, designed to keep ants from scavenging indoors. However large your infestation, be certain that here at Green Pest Management, we have a solution!
For more information about our ant control options, give us a call at Green Pest Management today!
How can I prevent ants in the future?
When trying to exclude ants from your property, knowing why they invade is important. In general, the fewer sources of food and water they can find, the better. If you are hosting an outdoor gathering, make sure to clean up scraps of food after you have finished eating. When feeding your pets, be sure to pick up their food bows after feeding time. Finally, as much as possible, keep areas where you make and eat food clean of crumbs or scraps that ants would consider a feast.