Ants

What are ants? 

Ants are social insects that are closely related to another group of social insects: bees and wasps. Ants are omnivores and eat many of the same foods we do, which is why they often wind up in our yards and homes. Once ants find a food source, they will lay down a pheromone trail to alert the rest of the colony members.

The ant is a small insect and has a three-segmented body, narrow waist, and short antennae. Their small size makes it easy for them to slip into our homes through the tiniest of cracks and crevices.

close up of carpenter ant

Are ants dangerous?

Ants are frustrating and annoying pests. One day there are none in sight, and the next day there are hundreds of them trailing through your yard and into your home.

Most species that make their way onto our properties aren’t dangerous, but they do move inside our spaces in large numbers, contaminate our food, and cover the surfaces of our homes with bacteria they carry on their bodies.

Ants that are considered dangerous have stingers, bite, spread disease-causing pathogens, or cause structural damage.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Our yards often offer ants with multiple places to forage for food. The more places there are for them to find food, the more likely you will have a problem with ants. Once ants are on your property, as they continue to forage for sources of food, their excellent sense of smell will often lead them into your home. Ants like to feed on sweets, meats, and grease. Some of their favorite places to gather food are trash cans, recycling bins, pet food bowls, grills, and garden areas.

Where will I find ants?

Most ants have high moisture needs and like to create their main nest in damp soil. They often place their nests under logs, tree stumps, landscape ties, rocks, and woodpiles.

Some ants prefer to nest out in the open in sunny areas making our yards a perfect nesting site. Many ants move back and forth from their foraging sites to their nest each day. Once they find a way inside, they will take advantage of our temperature-controlled homes and build a satellite nest. Places ants like to nest inside our homes include wall voids, insulation, behind cabinets, below floors, and in attics spaces. They often want to build their nests near moist areas around water pipes, windows and doors, and sinks and tubs.

How do I get rid of ants?

Get rid of ants from your residential or commercial property with the help of Master Mosquito Control. We are a locally owned and operated company dedicated to protecting southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts properties from ants and other household invaders. Through personalized services, a deep knowledge of the local areas we serve, and effective pest control methods, we will solve your pest problems.

At Master Mosquito Control, we are proud to offer our customers an environmentally friendly and sustainable approach to ant control. To learn more about how we can work together to control ants and eliminate them from your home or business, give us a call today.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Prevent ants with the help of the professionals at Master Mosquito Control and our useful prevention tips:

  • Eliminate some of their favorite foraging sites by keeping lids on trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins.
  • Place weatherstripping and door sweeps on windows and doors.
  • Caulk cracks in your foundation.
  • Keep the soil around your home’s perimeter dry by making sure gutters are working, repairing leaking fixtures, and leaving a barrier between shrubs and bushes and the foundation of your home.
  • Get rid of excess moisture by making sure downspouts are directing water away from your home’s perimeter, fixing leaky pipes, and using dehumidifiers.
  • Regularly wipe down counters, tables, and vacuum floors to remove the crumbs from your home that attract ants.

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