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While extremely useful in their natural habitat, once ants invade your home they become an unwanted guest. Ants can be easily identified by their three main body structures which consist of the head, thorax, and abdomen. Ants can range from being simply a bothersome guest to a destructive or harmful pest. Once you have ants within your home, it is important to begin treating the infestation quickly. The first step to treating ants will be to identify the type of ants that have taken up residence in your home.
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Ants can be a frustrating pest to deal with. The best way to quickly and effectively treat ants within your home is to identify the type of ant you are dealing with. Most ants share the same general body structure but can be differentiated by size and color. Some common household ants are:
- Carpenter Ants
- Pavement Ants
- Fire Ants
Although pavement ants are generally seen as a small nuisance, fire and carpenter ants can pose a risk to people and their homes.
Carpenter ants can be identified by their large size compared to other ants, sometimes reaching up to an inch in size. Like termites, carpenter ants can be extremely destructive to your home and should be dealt with quickly, as a carpenter ant infestation can grow rapidly and cause costly and extensive damage to a home. They usually are drawn to wood that is moist or decaying but will also tunnel into sound wood. Signs of an infestation include small piles of wood shavings around the house, hearing a rustling sound coming from the walls of your home, and finding ants inside your home.
Pavement ants are black to reddish black in color and are very small compared to fire or carpenter ants. Even though they are more of a nuisance and are not usually harmful to people or their homes, an infestation can be extremely frustrating. A pavement ant infestation can occur when a worker finds a food source in a home such as pet food or sweets and leads others from the colony to the food source.
Fire ants are red to dark red in color and are known for their sting when disturbed. Their sting can cause a burning welt to appear. Usually, people will receive many stings at once due to these ants traveling in large groups. Fire ant colonies are easily identified by their large mound of dirt. Due to their sting and aggressive nature, once a colony appears they need to be identified and exterminated promptly.
Getting Rid of Ants
Identifying ants is the first step in treating an ant infestation, the next step is to get them out of your home. The quickest and easiest way to identify and eliminate ants is with a trusted exterminator like Rocket Pest. At Rocket Pest, we have over 65 years of expert experience in pest identification and control. Give us a call today for a quote to rid your home of any unwanted pests!