THE ANTS GO MARCHING … TWO BY TWO … STRAIGHT INTO HOMES
It does not take a rainstorm to drive ants marching into homes.
The scent of a sweet snack left uncovered or standing water in a
kitchen sink is all it takes. A nuisance to many homeowners, ants
can be extremely difficult to eradicate. To prevent one ant from
becoming a full infestation, Arrow Exterminators encourages
homeowners to learn more about these insects and their habits.
"With more than two dozen species of ants posing nuisances to
homeowners across the nation, identifying these insects is no easy
task. Often, it takes an expert to properly identify the type of
ant and provide an appropriate method of treatment," said Shay
Runion, Arrow pest expert. "Smothering an ant with spray might be
an easy solution, but it's only a temporary fix. If a homeowner
doesn't get to the root of the problem, for example, a peanut
butter and jelly sandwich lost behind a couch, the infestation will
This summer, Arrow encourages homeowners to be on the lookout
for ants, especially these most common species:
- Carpenter Ants: Carpenter ants can pose serious structural
damage to homes if they are not properly identified and treated.
These ants attack wet and moldy wood to create galleries for their
nests, weakening the structure of the wood. Potentially
destructive, these ants should be eliminated from the home as soon
- Red Imported Fire Ants: Red imported fire ants get their name
from the painful sting they can give humans if their nest is
disturbed. These ants usually sting multiple times, leaving behind
raised welts on the skin. Nests for fire ants tend to be built in
large mounds, in landscaped areas or near the foundation of a
- Odorous House Ants: These ants get their name from the rotten
smell they emit when crushed. Known for having a "sweet tooth,"
odorous house ants will eagerly enter homes where sugar is
involved. While they do not pose any health risks to humans, they
can contaminate the food that they come into contact with.
- Argentine Ants: Argentine ants are typically found in areas
with moisture and close to a food source. Similar to odorous house
ants, they prefer a sweet treat, but are also drawn toward meat,
oils and eggs. They can also contaminate food they come into
To keep ants from entering the home, Arrow advises all
homeowners to follow these simple tips:
- Eliminate standing water;
- Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the
- Seal all cracks in and around the bottom of the house;
- Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored
next to the home; and
- Seal all food, especially sweets.
Arrow protects homes from ant infestations with the STEPS™ Total
Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes
Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes a full inspection of the
home and property to pinpoint pest control issues; identification
of not only the pest, but the true cause of the problem; and
treatment in the most environmentally responsible way to alleviate
current issues and to help prevent future recurrences.