An army of ants can easily ruin a nice picnic in the spring, but it’s much more frustrating when you catch them crawling around in the kitchen. Ants can infiltrate homes very easily through cracks in the wall or exposed wires. Once they find a way in, these pesky bugs search for sweets, meats, breads and other foods in your kitchen. They can contaminate your food and sneak around other areas of your home, such as sinks, showers and dishwashers.
There are many different species of ants that can infiltrate your home, and a licensed pest control expert is the most effective way to get rid of an ant invasion. Our ant exterminators can identify your specific ant problem and find the best way to control them.
Here are some of the common ant species to watch out for:
These reddish-black bugs love to nest outdoors and find a way into homes through damaged wood, cracks in the wall or holes in wires. This species of ant is particularly intrusive. They love to hunt for sweets like honey and jelly, and hang around damp areas of your home, such as dishwashers, sinks and showers.
Carpenter ants are a nuisance because they can cause severe property damage by tunneling through the structural wood of your home. Stay ahead with licensed ant control to avoid and eliminate this harmful species.
The top part of this ant (the head and thorax) is black, while the bottom part of their body (the gaster) is white. These nasty little guys like to nest outdoors in mulch, rocks and tree bark. But don’t be surprised if you catch these ants crawling around in potted plants, breadboxes or cabinets.
If you start to notice ant trails and mounds outside, there is a very good possibility that ghost ants will invade your home, especially the kitchen. A roommate who drinks out of the milk carton is bad enough, but ghost ants take it a step up by digging into sugary goods while leaving excrements and molted skin along the way. But don’t worry, a professional ant exterminator can take care of sending out eviction letters.
Odorous House Ants
These dark brown bugs infiltrate your home through exposed soil and will camp out in cracked walls or under the floors of your home. They have also been known to enter through heaters, bath drains or wood damaged by termites.
Although they don’t cause structural damage or carry any kind of pathogen, these ants easily contaminate food. If you’re wondering why they are called “odorous,” it’s because if they are crushed, they give off a rotten, coconut-like smell. Proactive ant control is paramount to protect your home from these smelly pests.
A small, light brown species that is notorious for invading the indoors, pharaoh ants forage through intricate trail routes guided by pheromones. They hide out in hard-to-reach places such as wall voids, under floors or behind baseboards. They also like to hang around kitchens and bathrooms near a damp water source.
Due to their small size, they can sneak around unnoticed on countertops and baseboards. They search for a variety of foods, including fats, sweets and even toothpaste. Their nests are hard to find, and they prefer to live behind the scenes in the dark. But the professionals at Arrow can handle any ant extermination issue — even these evasive buggers.
Red Imported Fire Ant
We’re sure you’ve had an unpleasant meeting with at least one of these reddish-brown ants. They build nest mounds around your property and easily gain entry to your home through holes and cracks. These bugs love arid climates in the Southeast and are one of the most aggressive species of ants.
The real concern for homeowners with fire ants is their painful bites, which typically cause itchy, white pustules within 24 hours. If you find a mound in your yard, call us for a thorough ant control solution.
The Arrow Solution
Ants can contaminate food, damage structures and even give you painful, itchy bites. Contact Arrow Exterminators for professional ant control. We will identify which species of ant has entered your home and implement one of our proven methods to eliminate your ant problem for good.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent ant mounds from developing in your yard: remove standing water around your property, trim tree branches touching your home and make sure firewood is not stored next to your property. And if ants have already taken up residence in your kitchen or bathrooms, we make ant control and elimination simple. Contact Arrow Exterminators today and let us take care of your pest problem.