Ants

What Is An Ant?

Pavement ants are tiny, brown to black ants that range in size from 1/20 inch long to ½ inch long. They have an unevenly-shaped thorax and two nodes, or bumps, between the thorax and the abdomen.  These very social insects who typically reside underground and are considered one of the most common household pests in our area.

Why Do I Have Them?

Ants are active in homes and other buildings during the winter months. Normally, they are found in slab-on-grade dwellings, such as townhomes; or in the basement of houses. This is because they are soil dwellers, and survive the winter beneath the concrete slabs of heated buildings. They may be seen in winter, foraging for sweets, fats, and proteins.  Ants have a wide variety of nesting habits and food preferences. Some ants build nests in soil, producing characteristic mounds while others nest in homes behind moldings, baseboards, countertops, and similar places

Are They Dangerous?

Most ants are primarily a nuisance and cause little damage.  Although there are no diseases associated with ants, they may infest food and can weaken wood in structures.

How Do I Get Rid Of Ants?

Getting rid of ants can be a difficult task as they are elusive creatures and their numbers are large. If the nest is not destroyed, the ants will keep coming back.  Contacting Local Pest Control is the most effective way to ensure your property is kept free of ants.

Can I Do It Myself?

Do-It-Yourself ant treatments and products are not usually effective and may only eradicate foraging ants and not the entire nest.  They may contain pesticides that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Trying to discourage ants from invading the home can be frustrating. Proper food storage and waste management will reduce the food that often attracts workers indoors. Clean all kitchen surfaces, vacuum daily, and rinse recyclable containers before storage