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What Are Ants?

Ants are social insects, meaning they invade homes in large numbers and work together to create extensive nesting sites and provide for their young and the queen. When ant colonies become mature, the reproductive members of their colony grow wings so that they can emerge from their nests and establish new colonies in a different location. Ants can be red, black, yellow, or brown, depending on their species, and are usually anywhere from ⅛ of an inch to ¾ of an inch in length at adulthood.

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Are Ants Dangerous?

Depending on the species of ant you have living in your home, the presence of ants can be a nuisance problem, a health concern, a threat to the structural integrity of your property, or sometimes all three! Some ants bring in harmful bacteria and fungal pathogens when they invade, which can cause illness. Salmonella, Clostridium, Staphylococcus, and Streptococcus are some of the harmful, disease-causing pathogens that ants can transfer to humans. This is especially dangerous in medical or hospital settings where there are a lot of fluids that may attract some species of ants. Ants may also infest food items, making it inedible by contaminating it with E. coli, Shigella, Salmonella, and other bacteria. Some ants such as fire ants also have painful bites that cause welts on the skin. And some ants can chew through wood, presenting a danger to your home or other building. No matter what species of ant that may invade your property, every species of ant can cause problems.

Why Do I Have An Ant Problem?

Most ant species invade to feed on the food found in your household or business. Sugars and foods that are high in protein are always a strong attractant for these tiny pests. If you are dealing with an ant problem on your property, there’s a high chance that they have found an easily accessible food source, as well as a location they can build a nesting site for their colony. Seeing even a few ants inside your home or business is a reason for concern. As we mentioned, ants are social insects, meaning that where there are a few, more are sure to follow.

How Can I Prevent Ants?

Even in the cleanest of environments, ants can still cause problems. If they find a food and water source, they will try to invade! This can make it difficult to get rid of them, even if you regularly take action to get rid of the ants you see crawling around. Ants leave a scent trail wherever they go, meaning that other ants can follow the trail right to a great food source, even after the ants that left that trail are gone. Therefore, preventative measures that should be taken before ants invade include:

  • Thoroughly cleaning with brooms, mops, and vacuums to keep your property free of crumbs and sticky drink spills.

  • Removing food items that are high in sugar or protein and storing them in the fridge or in sealed containers.

  • Sealing gaps and cracks in your foundation and outer walls using a caulking gun or other sealant.

How Insect IQ Can Help Get Rid Of Ants

The best solution when dealing with ants, especially if those ants have already invaded, is to reach out to the trusted service technicians here at Insect IQ for assistance. No matter what ant species you are dealing with, we've got you covered. At Insect IQ, we do our best to provide quality services that fit your budget and provide long-lasting results.

To eliminate ant infestations, our team of professionals will perform an inspection to identify the ant species you're dealing with on your property, then administer effective, eco-friendly treatments to solve your ant problem at the root! To learn more about our commercial and residential pest control services that include ant control, contact us!


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