What types of ants are common in the Southeast?
The most common types of ants that people will find invading their Southeast properties include, carpenter ants, fire ants and several others:
Pharaoh ants are a very small species of ant. Adult pharaoh ants only reach about 1/16th of an inch in length. They have a light yellow to reddish colored body and red or black dark markings on their abdomens. Pharaoh ants are commonly found in commercial buildings that handle food like hospitals and restaurants. Their nests are built behind wall voids, in furniture, under floors, and behind baseboards. They prefer to be located in warm, moist areas that are close to food and water sources.
Crazy ants are a tiny species; adults are less than 2-3mm long. These ants have distinctive long legs, and have an elongated, twelve segmented antennae. They are brown in color, and are covered in microscopic hairs. Crazy ants are a species that are invading the Southern U.S. in very large numbers. They can invade in such large numbers that they can cover entire lawns, and they can be responsible for shorting out electrical equipment. Crazy ants get their name from their wild and irregular movements. Many ant species travel in a straight line; crazy ants do not.
Argentine ants range in size from 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch in length. They are a shiny brown to black in color, and have a segmented oval shape. Argentine ants give off a distinctive musty smell when they are squished. Their colonies have been described as massive. Argentine ant colonies are generally located in wet environments near their food sources. Argentine ants build their nests underneath landscape ties, stones, plants, buildings, and sidewalks.
Why are these ants considered nuisance pests?
These ants are considered to be nuisance pests because most species do not cause physical harm to people. They are defined as nuisance pests because they will invade properties in large numbers, and are difficult to eliminate without the help of a professional.
Why are there ants in my house?
Ants typically live and nest outside, however, if the weather become too cool, wet or dry, they will move inside to find a more suitable living environment. Ants will also get into homes while they are foraging for food. Once they find an easy food source, they will continue to return from their nesting area on a regular basis.
Do ants bite?
Yes, ants are capable of biting humans, but their bite is not painful, however some species, like the fire ant can inflict a painful sting. However, most ants do not bite humans and are not a physical threat.
Are ants dangerous?
Ants are generally not considered to be dangerous. It is important to remember though that some species can bite and sting, introduce diseases, damage electrical wires and equipment, and contaminate food sources. An ant invasion should not be taken lightly and they should be eliminated from your home as quickly as possible.
How do I get rid of ants?
Ants can be extremely difficult to get rid of from your home. DIY pest control for ants is mostly ineffective and can be dangerous, if not used properly. The most important step to getting rid of your ant infestation is proper identification of the species. The professionals at Allgood can inspect your property, identify the species and offer a customized solution for your ant problem. Not only can we safely eliminate your current ant infestation, we can provide you with year-round pest control services to prevent future issues with ants and other pests. For more information about ants or about how we can control ants, contact us today!