What are ants?
Ants are social insects, which means they depend on each colony member to perform a specific duty. For example, worker ants, or infertile females, have to forage for food, take care of the queen, and remove waste. Several common ant species in the Oklahoma City area are:
- Acrobat ants
- Carpenter ants
- Fire ants
- Odorous house ants
- Pharaoh ants
- Pavement ants
Are ants dangerous?
While many home-invading species are nuisance pests, some species are dangerous and pose serious health risks to the people whose properties they infest. The most dangerous species mentioned above are fire ants because they are extremely aggressive, swarming if threatened. Fire ants will sting multiple times, delivering painful venom, which can cause allergic reactions.
Pharaoh ants are another dangerous species because of the diseases and contamination they spread. These ants are known to cause streptococcus, salmonella, and other illnesses. While carpenter ants don't spread diseases, they do cause damage to structures as they tunnel through wood to create galleries.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants are foragers, so they will find their way into homes as they look for food. If you have an ant problem inside, there are cracks and holes in your foundation or exterior that allow them to get inside. Once a few ants from a colony find food in your home, they will alert the rest of their colony with pheromones, and many more of these little critters will follow.
Where will I find ants?
You'll find most home-invading ants in the kitchen, bathroom, basement, or other areas with high moisture. However, they can travel through wall voids and underneath flooring, so finding where they are getting in is essential.
Fire ants don't typically infest homes but instead are a big problem outdoors. They differ from most ant species, which build their nests in protected, shaded, and damp areas. Instead, fire ants prefer to be in open and sunny spaces where they are easily disturbed by people or animals.
How do I get rid of ants?
No matter what ant species you are dealing with, Epoch Pest Solutions can help. Our residential pest control services provide the quality pest treatments you need to identify and remove active infestations or prevent future ones from happening.
When you start with our services, one of our expert technicians will inspect your property to get a clear picture of the pest pressures you face. This inspection will enable them to implement customized treatments that meet your needs.
How can I prevent ants in the future?
You can do several things to make your property less attractive to ants. Home ant prevention should include:
Identifying and repairing cracks and holes in the exterior of the structure.
Maintaining a clean yard by cutting the lawn and foliage, removing leaves and other debris, and picking up fallen fruit.
Keeping garbage cans clean of food residue and ensuring they have tight-fitting lids.
Cleaning the kitchen and eating areas daily to remove food debris.
Storing dry goods in airtight containers and produce in the refrigerator.
Repairing any leaks or fixing ventilation issues.
Give us a call at Epoch Pest Solutions to learn more effective ant control tips and how we can help keep pesky insects away from your home in Idaho Falls, or Oklahoma City!