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Frequently Asked Questions About Ants

What are ants?

Ants are pests that, for most people, are quite recognizable. These insects have three distinct body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen). They also have short, bent antennae, six legs, and chewing mouthparts.

Ants are social insects that live together in large groups (colonies). They divide their colonies into groups; workers, queens, and drones (reproductive males). Ants are excellent communicators, and their sole purpose is to ensure the success of their colony. Once a worker ant finds a suitable food source, it lays down a pheromone trail to alert other colony members.

Below is a list of the ants that are most likely to find their way into your Plymouth area yard and, eventually, your home.

  • Carpenter ants
  • Pavement ants
  • Red ants
  • Sugar ants

For the accurate identification of the ants causing trouble on your property and effective ant control, don't hesitate to reach out to us at Combat Pest Control.

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Are ants dangerous?

Most ants you come across that make their way onto your property are not dangerous. However, they certainly are unwelcome. When sharing our yards and homes with ants, they will do a variety of unsavory things. Ants contaminate our food, spread bacteria to surfaces, and some will fill our homes with foul doors.

In our region, red ants are an example of ants that are dangerous to people. These ants are aggressive. They attack in large groups to defend themselves and their nest and deliver painful, venom-filled stings. Red ant stings produce a fire-like pain, and their venom can trigger allergic reactions ranging from mild to life-threatening, depending on the person.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants are cable of traveling some distance from their nest to find food sources. Therefore even if you don't have ants nesting on your property, you could still have problems with these scavengers.

Worker ants leave their nests daily to find food and bring it back to the nest. When they discover reliable food sources in or around your home, they will keep returning and become a larger and larger presence on your property.

Ants are omnivores and scavengers. Indoor and outdoor spaces offer them plenty of food options. Our property's trash cans, kitchens, pet food, gardens, and outdoor eating areas provide ants with food and keep them coming back.

Where will I find ants?

Ants successfully nest inside and outside man-made structures, building their nesting sites in areas that put them near food and water.

Things like a lack of food or too little or too much rain will drive ants indoors. Our structures offer a temperature-controlled environment and easy access to food. No matter how frequently we sweep or vacuum, there are always hidden crumbs for them to find.

Common indoor ant nesting sites are wall voids, attics, vents, electrical equipment, and spaces behind baseboards, cabinets, and countertops.

How do I get rid of ants?

If ants have found their way to your property and you see them inside your home, do not panic. Combat Pest Control is here to support you and provide you with pest control in Plymouth to remove these unwanted pests from your home. Our trained technicians will come to your property to perform the services necessary to control, eliminate, and prevent problems with ants and other insects. Using bio-friendly products and high-quality treatments and methods, we provide you with pest control services you can trust. For information about home pest control for ants, contact Combat Pest Control today.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Ants are tiny pests that easily find their way into our homes. Use the following ant prevention tips to help make it difficult for ants to move in and out of your home.

  • Use a silicone caulk to seal any cracks or crevices that develop in your home's exterior.
  • Place mesh covers or screens over vents and chimneys.
  • Fill in spaces around wires or pipes entering your home.
  • Cut back shrubbery and tree branches back away from your home's exterior.
  • Store trash cans away from your home's exterior and ensure they have tight-fitting lids.
  • Ensure gutters are in working order and direct rainwater away from your home's exterior. Ants are attracted to moisture.

For the year-round local pest control necessary to keep ants and other household pests from taking over your property, call Combat Pest Control today.

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