Ant Identification & Prevention

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Frequently Asked Questions About Ants

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What are ants?

Ants are small insects that provide a food source for many animals. They also help the ecosystem by dispersing seeds, eliminating decaying organic debris, and aerating the soil. While ants are vital to the ecosystem, we primarily identify them as pests.

When ants live near our homes and find their way onto our properties, they are unwanted guests that are a nuisance, and some have the potential to be destructive and a health risk.

We identify ants by their three distinct body segments, six bent legs, elbowed antenna, and defined waist. Ants vary in size, color, behaviors, and feeding habits. Some common ants to find their way to our Sonoma County yards are Argentine ants, velvety tree ants, and odorous house ants. Reach out to us today for pest control in Sonoma County.

Are ants dangerous?

Ants are annoying, invade in large numbers, contaminate food, and are difficult to control, but most species aren’t a significant threat to people or property.

A handful of species of ants are considered harmful or dangerous. Behaviors that cause ants to acquire the label of dangerous include:

  • Infesting wood within our homes and causing structural damage.
  • Damaging foundations or cement by creating large nests underneath them.
  • Invading electrical equipment and causing electrical shorts.
  • Spreading disease-causing pathogens.
  • Biting or stinging people.

Eliminating ants, no matter the species, as quickly as possible from your property is always ideal. You should not have to share your home with these pests.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Worker ants leave their nest daily to forage for resources like food, water, and shelter. They will keep returning if they find what they are searching for in your yard or home. Ants have an excellent sense of smell, and food odors from trash cans, kitchens, and pet food will grab their attention and keep them returning.

Ants are difficult to keep out of our houses because their small size allows them to easily move into homes through tiny cracks and crevices. Common entry points include:

  • Gaps under exterior doors
  • Vents
  • Openings around pipes, wires, or cables
  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Torn screens
  • Holes along the roofline and roof intersections

If you are tired of seeing ants trailing in and around your home, take action and seek ant pest control near you.

Where will I find ants?

Most ants live together in large colonies and build their nests in the ground under leaf litter, landscaping ties, fallen trees, cement, mulch, and similar areas. Moist soil is a huge attractant for most ants. Other popular nesting sites include inside trees, rotting wood, and rock piles.

Ants can maintain multiple nesting sites; their primary nesting site is usually built outside. If ants nest near your home and discover that it offers them food and temperature-controlled shelter, they may create a nest and expand their colony within its walls.

Wall voids, crawl spaces, window frames, structural wood, and insulation are places ants regularly build their nests inside Sonoma County homes.

How do I get rid of ants?

The most effective way to handle any size ant infestation, big or small, is with the help of a trained pest control professional. Professionals can easily identify the ant species on your property, find all their nesting sites and points of entry, and perform effective ant treatments.

Here at California Exterminators Alliance, we take pride in providing our community members with the services necessary to keep them safe from unwanted pests. Our team can take care of all your property’s ant control needs. For more information about home pest control and commercial pest control in Sonoma County, reach out today!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Two of the best ways to avoid issues with ants are to eliminate common entry points and reduce their access to food. Take advantage of the following ant prevention tips. 

  • Use a silicone caulk to seal cracks in the foundation of your home.
  • Make sure weatherstripping is installed around windows and doors.
  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
  • Repair torn screens.
  • Seal gaps around wires and pipes entering your home.
  • Keep tight-fitting lids on all trash cans
  • Pick up uneaten pet food.
  • Ensure indoor and outdoor eating and cooking areas are free of food debris and spills. 

Don’t let Argentine ants, odorous house ants, velvety tree ants, or any other ant species take over your property; reach out today to learn more about our ant control solutions!

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