What are ants?
Ants are social insects that live in large colonies, which can top tens of thousands of individuals. These pests vary in size, color, and behavior depending on the species. Some of the most common ant species in the Gaithersburg area are:
- Odorous house ants
- Carpenter ants
- Sugar ants
- Pavement ants
- Black ants
Are ants dangerous?
Most ant species are not dangerous to people; however, their presence can cause a lot of stress for the people whose homes they infest. And even if they don't spread diseases, ants can still contaminate food and surfaces, leading to food poisoning.
Although they are not as destructive as other wood-destroying pests, carpenter ants can create cosmetic and structural damage that can be dangerous depending on how extensive it is.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants are scavengers that are not very picky about what they eat. Ants can get into garbage, compost, gardens, and eating areas where crumbs and open containers lure them in. When ants find a good food source, they emit chemicals that attract more ants from their colony.
In addition, water-damaged and decaying wood attracts carpenter ants!
Where will I find ants?
Ants will go where the food is and why you may be seeing trails of ants around your yard and in your home. Ants often gravitate to kitchens, eating areas, and bathrooms because they can easily access food and water in these locations.
Some species like carpenter and pavement ants you'll find in specific places. If you have a carpenter ant infestation, you may not see them at all as they create their nests inside damaged wood. On the other hand, pavement ants you'll see traveling in and out of cracks in pavement and concrete.
How can I prevent ants in the future?
You can trust our experts here at Absolute Home and Pest Solutions for quick and effective ant control. Our service professionals know all about the ants you may be dealing with and how to treat them. We provide services based on your needs rather than rely on ineffective one-size-fits-all approaches.
How do I get rid of ants?
Don't let these annoying pests reinfest your home. Make your property less attractive to ants by using these prevention steps:
- Remove entry points by installing weatherstripping, repairing screens, and filling any holes in your foundation and exterior walls.
- Keep the interior and exterior of your property free of food sources by removing crumbs, rinsing out containers before throwing them away, and storing food properly.
- Reduce moisture on your property by removing unnecessary organic materials from your yard, fixing leaks, and wiping down showers and sinks to remove water.
Keep ants and other pests away with our assistance; call Absolute Home and Pest Solutions today!