carpenter ants on the side of a shed

What are ants?

Many types of pests move into our yards and homes, looking to take advantage of the food, water, and shelter they provide. Some pests we notice more than others. Ants are a common invaders in our homes and yards, so sometimes they are overlooked because they are such a common sight. But, never underestimate ants! Their presence should always be eliminated as quickly as possible from any property.

odorous house ants drinking sugar water

Three of the most common species of ants living in our area are Argentine ants, odorous house ants, and carpenter ants. All ants have three body segments, antenna, six legs, and the reproductive members have wings.

Are ants dangerous?

While usually thought of as harmless nuisance pests, ants do pose some dangers to people. Some species are more destructive than others:

  • Argentine ants are not native and often drive native species out. They live in large colonies and are difficult to control once they decide to nest on your property. Inside homes, they contaminate food and spread bacteria over surfaces. Argentine ants are very attracted to areas of moisture. Having these ants in or around your house may be a sign of an underlying moisture problem.
  • Odorous house ants are nuisance ants that emit a foul rotten coconut smell after being crushed. The biggest problems with these ants are that they invade homes and properties in large numbers, contaminate food, and are difficult to eliminate.
  • Carpenter ants are dangerous due to the amount of damage they can cause inside of a home when they nest there. These ants nest inside wood, preferring water-damaged wood. After moving into a home in search of food, they often create satellite nests within the structural wood. If not eliminated, over time, their damage becomes extensive and costly to repair.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants are social creatures. They live and work together like a well-oiled machine for the greater good of the colony. If one ant discovers food in your yard or home, they will communicate their findings back to the colony, causing an infestation of foraging ants.

Ants are attracted to properties that offer them sources of moisture, suitable nesting spots, and plenty of food! Food is really the main attractant for ants; they can’t resist the sticky remains of a popsicle, your pet’s food, or crumbs in the kitchen.

Where will I find ants?

Nesting in a variety of habitats, ants can live in almost any environment. In fact, ants live on every continent except Antarctica. Most species of ants create their central nest outdoors but often build satellite nests indoors to expand their colonies in temperature-controlled areas with easy access to food.

Inside our homes, carpenter ants nest within structural wood. Argentine ants and odorous house ants like to nest behind walls, electrical outlets, large appliances, or near hot water pipes or leaky pipes.

How do I get rid of ants?

The most stress-free way to get rid of ants and other pests from your Bay Area property is to partner with Bay Pest. Meeting our customers' unique pest control needs are our top priority!

Our dedicated professionals can identify your specific pest problem, provide the services needed to get rid of them, as well as the necessary follow-up services to prevent them from returning! To learn more about our solutions to eliminate pests from your residential or commercial property, reach out to Bay Pest today!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

To prevent problems with ants on your property or in your home, follow our top prevention tips listed below!

  • Repair damage to your home’s roofline and replace damaged or missing roof tiles.
  • Ensure that gutters are in good working order, and there is weatherstripping around windows and doors to prevent rainwater from seeping into your walls.
  • Install mesh covers over vents leading into your home.
  • Seal spaces around wires and pipes that lead into your home.
  • Cut shrubbery and tree branches away from your exterior walls. They will use their limbs to gain easy access to your house.
  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.
  • Use door sweeps and screens to keep wandering ants out.
  • Remove their easy access to food on your property by keeping lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
  • Ants love to feed on pet food; pick up any uneaten pet food and store pet food in metal or plastic containers with lids.
  • Inside your home, keep kitchen and eating areas free of crumbs and other food debris and store food in the refrigerator or containers with airtight lids.

Helpful Articles

Bay Area Property Owners' Handy Guide To Carpenter Ants

Are Ants Around The Bay Area Dangerous?

San Jose Property Owners' Helpful Guide To Odorous House Ants

Why Are There Ants In My San Jose Home?

How To Get Ants Off Of Your Bay Area Property

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Ants In The Bay Area

How To Tell If Your Bay Area Property Has Carpenter Ants

 

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