Ants are unwanted pests that commonly wander around our yards and homes. Because they frequently invade our properties, they are an easy insect for most people to identify. Ants have three body regions, two antennae, six legs, and chewing mouthparts. Depending on their species, ants are usually black, brown, yellowish, red, or a combination of those colors. Species of ants that are common in Central New York are Carpenter Ants, Argentine Ants, House Ants, and Acrobat Ants.
Living together in colonies, ants divide their members into three different groups. Ant larvae develop into workers, reproductive males, or queens. Only the reproductive males and queens have wings, and as their name suggests, are the only members of the colony able to reproduce. Workers are sterile females that perform most of the duties of the colony. They gather food, care for the larvae, and defend the colony from threats.
Ants can be dangerous, depending on their species, behaviors, and feeding habits. However, most ant species that invade our properties are nuisance ants, and while they don’t cause us any real harm, they can contaminate food and spread bacteria.
The Carpenter Ant is a dangerous species of ant living in our area. These ants cause damage to buildings by nesting inside its structural wood. Other ant species cause harm to people either by biting or spreading diseases.
Ants are a challenge to control because they live together in extensive colonies and often have multiple nesting sites, both indoors and outdoors. They can become a problem on any property but particularly gravitate to properties where they can forage for food in various locations. Things like garbage cans, recycling bins, pet food bowls, and gardens attract ants.
Additionally, as ants travel around your yard while foraging for food, they are likely to find their way into your home through cracks in the foundation, vents, and spaces around windows and doors.
Ants make their nests in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations, depending on their species:
Get rid of ants from your Central New York property with the help of local, experienced professionals. At Sweeney’s Pest Elimination, we have been protecting people and properties from our area’s most common pests for over 20 years.
If you are experiencing problems with ants, our professionals will take care of the problem and put into place the services needed to stop them from returning. To learn more about our residential or commercial pest control solutions and eliminate ants from your Central New York property, contact us at Sweeney’s Pest Elimination today!
In addition to our professional ant control services, avoid future problems with ants by putting into place the following prevention tips: