What are ants?
There are many species of ants that live across the United States. Different species of ants have varying appearances, display different behaviors, and live in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor environments. Ants are social insects, living and working together in large colonies. Ants can all be identified easily by their three distinct body regions: head, thorax, and abdomen. Only the reproductive members are winged. Ants are common household invaders and often find their way into residential and commercial properties.
Two of the most common species living in San Diego County, California and making their presence known in our homes are Argentine ants and rover ants.
Argentine ants live together in massive colonies. They are shiny, and dark brown or black. Argentine ants can also be identified by the musty odor they give off when crushed.
Rover worker ants are a very small species of ant. Adults only grow to between 2mm and 4mm in length. They vary in color, from pale yellow to dark brown.
Are ants dangerous?
Most species of ants, like Argentine ants and rover ants, are considered nuisance pests, and do not pose any significant danger to people or property. However, these ants invade properties, contaminate food, and can become a huge annoyance to deal with. Any species of ant should be eliminated from your property as quickly as possible! There are some species of ants living throughout the United States that are considered dangerous. These dangerous ants are the species that have the potential to bite, sting, transmit disease, and cause structural damage to your property.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants live on properties and inside of homes that provide them with easy access to the things they need to survive. Rover ants, specifically, are common in urban areas where there are a lot of people, offering them easy access to food and water sources. Ants are typically attracted to properties with things like open containers of trash, outdoor eating areas, gardens, pet food, and compost piles. Ants regularly invade homes and other buildings while foraging for new food sources. Both Argentine ants and rover ants are attracted to moist or decaying wood.
Where will I find ants?
Ants living out in nature nest in a variety of locations, including underneath soil and mulch, in piles of wood, within cracks in pavement and sidewalks, along fence lines, in gardens, under fallen trees, under landscaping ties, or inside of tree stumps.
Ants that have found their way inside looking for food, or to escape severe weather conditions, may decide to stay and nest inside the comforts of your temperature-controlled home. Common indoor nesting spots include under floors, inside insulation, in crawlspaces, in wall voids, in electrical outlets, near heating systems, and inside of potted plants.
How do I get rid of ants?
The most effective way to control and prevent ant infestations is with the help of a professional pest control provider, like the trusted California pest control experts at San Diego Pest & Termite. Our pest control specialists provide the services needed to completely get rid of ants and prevent their return to your home or commercial building.
San Diego Pest & Termite is committed to using modern and trustworthy pest control solutions to remove ants and other household-invading pests, and prevent their return. To learn more about our guaranteed solutions that will eliminate ants from your San Diego County property, reach out to San Diego Pest & Termite today!
How can I prevent ants in the future?
Listed below are some helpful tips to help prevent problems with ants on your San Diego County home or business.
Keep food in the refrigerator, or inside airtight containers; not out on counters or tables.
Cut tree branches, shrubs, and bushes away from the exterior of your home.
Keep locking lids on all outdoor trash cans and compost piles.
Place weather stripping around windows and doors.
Pick up fallen fruits and vegetables in garden areas.
Regularly wash dishes, and remove trash from your home.
Seal gaps or other openings in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
Reduce moisture levels in your home by using dehumidifiers and properly ventilating crawlspaces.
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