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Ants

What are ants?

Ants are some of the most prevalent insect species found in North America. With colonies numbering into the millions, there is no lack of ant species around residential and commercial buildings. Entomologists are aware of at least 700 ant species in the United States alone, with at least 25 of these species commonly infesting homes on a regular basis.

Three types of ants, including fire ants, pavement ants, and carpenter ants, are extremely common in our area. While each of these species may appear different in form, many of their functions are still the same. These species measure between 1/16 and 5/8 of an inch in size and possess 6 legs, two antennae, and a pair of biting mandibles.

Are ants dangerous?

Ants create hazards both seen and unseen around the properties they infest. Fire ants cause painful bites and stings which may require hospitalization in at-risk victims. Their aggressive natures and attraction to electrical wires may cause fires or other electrical shorts around the house.

Carpenter ants chew through wooden objects to create a nest for their young. While they are not capable of eating wood like termites, they can quickly create a system of tunnels that hollow out the insides of beams, structures, wooden supports. 

Pavement ants create unsightly patches of ground around sidewalks and driveways while infiltrating your home for food. Many different food items can become contaminated by the activities of pavement ants, which may jeopardize the health of you and your loved ones.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Pests such as ants are attracted to homes based on several factors including water availability, food accessibility, and options for adequate shelter. Food is by far the largest attractant factor for residential and commercial ant species. Even tiny crumbs will be enough to sustain a moderately sized colony and draw more to the area in question. Other types of pest infestations, such as aphids or other types of honeydew-making insects, could be growing the previously existing ant population to new heights.

Where are ants commonly found?

Most ants can be found in mounds around the yard. Each mound will look different according to the type of ant species inside. Pavement ants tend to build around the cracks of sidewalks and the edges of pavement, piling their dirt into a small 'hill' on top. Carpenter ants build colonies inside of wooden structures and produce frass (fine sawdust) around the infested area. Fire ants build standard-looking ant hills in various sections of the yard.

How do I get rid of ants?

Home remedies and DIY methods are not enough to eliminate ant infestations in your Virginia Beach home or business. Trust the vetted team at Mosquito Elite Pest Control to remove your problem immediately. Call us to book a home ant inspection today.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Getting rid of fire ants, carpenter ants, and pavement ants begins with solid prevention steps. If you choose to implement any of the following prevention steps, ensure that you are committed to maintaining them for the long term. 

  • Clean up after each and every outdoor party. This includes disposing of food crumbs, soda cans, and scraps that could attract ants or their colonies. 
  • Keep the grass trimmed low in areas you intend to frequent. 
  • Ensure that thick bushes and other vegetation is pruned back to a manageable height. 
  • Seal up any cracks and gaps around the house that could be leading ants to the inside of your home.  
  • Mitigate moisture both inside and outside. Use a dehumidifier in problem spaces to cut down on air moisture, and remove any outdoor sources of water by filling in dips or potholes. 

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