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Ant Identification & Prevention

What are ants?

Living in Nashville, you are familiar with ants in your home. These small insects thrive in our climate and are regular visitors to our homes and yards. Most ants are black, red, or brown and have bent antennae, six legs, and three distinct body segments. Ants are social insects that work together for the good of the colony. Their desire to be successful makes these pests difficult for homeowners to control.

Below is a list of the ants you can expect may become a problem on your Nashville property.

  • Argentine ants
  • Carpenter ants
  • Fire ants
  • Little black ants
  • Odorous house ants
  • Pavement ant
  • Pharaoh ants

The best way to identify the ants on your property and ensure the correct treatment to eliminate them is always to partner with an experienced pest professional.

Are ants dangerous?

Depending on what species you are talking about, ants can be dangerous.

Take, for instance, the fire ant; they are small but extremely aggressive. Their stings are painful and can trigger severe allergic reactions in some people and animals.

Another example of a dangerous ant is the carpenter ant. Carpenter ants tunnel through and nest within pieces of wood, their nesting habits causing structural damage to our homes and other wooden structures on our properties.

The pharaoh ant is also dangerous. This species has adapted to living indoors and can transmit disease-causing pathogens that can make people ill; they are a huge threat to health care facilities.

While some ants are dangerous, you can breathe easy knowing most ants that find their way onto your property are nuisance pests. Yes, they contaminate food, spread bacteria, and are annoying, but in general, they don't cause significant harm or damage.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants live together in large colonies, and often, a single colony maintains several nesting sites. Ants constantly look for food and water sources to help support their colony and keep them fed. Ants lay down pheromone trails to alert other colony members when they find food and water sources. The ants will return daily to an area where food is present. If they have found a food source in your yard, it won't be long until they expand their search and foraging sites into your home, becoming an even bigger issue for you and your family.

Where will I find ants?

Nesting preferences will vary from species to species. Most ants prefer to nest outside. The ants you find in your home have found an opening in your home's exterior that they exploit. Ants will move to and from a house daily, gathering food and returning it to the nest.

Most ants nest in the ground in damp soil found under rocks, fallen trees, leaf piles, sidewalks, driveways, and landscaping ties. Some ants, like the fire ants, nest in the ground in open sunny areas, and others, like carpenter ants, nest inside pieces of wood.

If ants decide to move into a home to nest, they like to build them in hard-to-reach locations like wall voids, under floors, structural wood, vents, crawl spaces, and inside electrical equipment. Pharaoh ants, odorous house ants, and little black ants are commonly found nesting in our Nashville homes.

How do I get rid of ants?

At Five-O Pest Control, we are committed to our customers and providing affordable pest control services that are eco-friendly, effective, and safe for your home and family. Partner with us to get rid of ants and keep them from returning. We will provide the targeted services necessary to eliminate your ant infestation and give you peace of mind knowing they won't return. Please give us a call today for information about our Ants Say Uncle Program or any of our other guaranteed residential and commercial pest control services in Nashville.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

To help prevent ants from becoming unwanted guests in your Nashville yard or home, remove their easy access to food and water.

  • Repair leaky pipes and hoses, and eliminate standing water.
  • Reduce humidity levels in your home using dehumidifiers and ensure your home has good ventilation.
  • Regularly harvest gardens.
  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
  • Keep indoor and outdoor eating and cooking areas free of food debris.
  • Install door sweeps and make sure weatherstripping is intact around windows and doors.
  • Make sure screens are intact.
  • Seal any holes or cracks you discover in your home's exterior.

Stop ants in their tracks with the help of Five-O Pest Control's residential or commercial pest control services!

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