For the most part, ants are harmless to humans. The issue with ants is the sheer number of them in a colony. Usually, if you see one, you’re going to see a lot really soon. Within ant colonies, each ant is has specific job. One of the more popular jobs is to find food. These scouts scavenge for food and water. If a small amount of nourishment is found, a few carry the bounty back to the colony. If they find a path into a 5 lbs. bag of sugar, they’re bringing the colony to the treasure in your pantry.
When this happens, you’re dealing with such overwhelming numbers that victory becomes very difficult. You may be able to kill the ants you see, but not the ones in the wall or the ones coming through the crack in your roof. Ant prevention is the best method to keep ants out, but once in this situation it’s more cost effective to use professional treatments.
Preventive Pest Control specializes in eliminating pest problems you have now and preventing future issues. Our recurring pest control service builds a barrier around your home and keeps ants outside your home or commercial property.
If you need help with a current ant problem, enter your zip code at the top of the page to get help from your local Preventive Pest Control branch
Signs of Ant Infestation
- Seeing ants where you store food
- Constant sight of ants in areas containing sugars, meats, fats and oils
- Extruded sawdust and wood damage
- Trails of ants around your property
Types of Ants
- Acrobat ant
- Allegheny mound ant
- Argentine ant
- Bigheaded ant
- Carpenter ant
- Citronella ant
- Field ant
- Fire ant
- Harvester ant
- Pavement ant
- Odorous House Ant
- Pharaoh ant
- Thief ant