Ant Identification Guide

What are ants?

Ants are small insects that are common invaders of homes and businesses, and will take advantage of any food or nesting site our properties provide them. Ants live and work together in large groups, making preventing and eliminating them a difficult endeavor.

While ants vary in behavior, nesting preferences, and appearance, depending on their species, they do all have some physical features in common. All ants have three distinct body regions, six legs, chewing mouthparts, and two bent antennae; the reproductive members have wings.

a closeup of an ant on a green leaf

In our area of Georgia, some of the most common species of ants that we come into contact with are carpenter ants, pharaoh ants, pavement ants, black ants, acrobat ants, and odorous house ants.

Are ants dangerous?

Ants live outside and often travel through some less than sanitary locations. Regardless of whether ants are considered nuisance pests or dangerous pests, all can spread bacteria and contaminate food. Nuisance ants that live in our area include pavement ants, black ants, acrobat ants, and odorous house ants.

Dangerous ants can cause many problems, including:

  • spreading diseases that make people ill.

  • biting or stinging.

  • causing structural damage inside homes and other buildings.

  • invading and causing damage to farm equipment or electrical equipment.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Once ants discover a reliable food source on your property, they will return day after day. Soon they will likely become permanent residents and create a central nest outside and perhaps a satellite nest inside of your home.

Our yards are unfortunately able to provide ants with plenty of areas to nest and access to food sources. Ants are omnivores and feed on a variety of things, including our trash, compost, outdoor eating areas, and gardens. 

Where will I find ants?

Where, exactly, ants prefer to nest, depends on their species:

  • Carpenter ants prefer to create their nests in pieces of wood damaged by water. Outside, they nest in tree stumps, fallen trees, woodpiles, and old fences. Inside they nest inside of structural wood behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings.

  • Pharaoh ants are a common problem inside of homes, hospitals, and other places where food is stored or prepared. They place their nests in warm, humid areas behind walls, baseboards, and under floors.

  • Black ants like to nest in the warm, humid areas of a home or other building like in wall voids near hot water pipes, in heaters, and inside of structural wood previously occupied by carpenter ants. Outside, they nest in the soil under stacks of firewood, fallen trees, or landscape ties.

  • As their name suggests, pavement ants place their nests in the soil next to cracks in foundations, pavement, and sidewalks. Because pavement ants live close to our homes and businesses, they often move inside while foraging for food. Indoors, they nest near areas of moisture behind walls voids near pipes, and in masonry walls, as well as in insulation.

  • Odorous house ants like to nest indoors behind wall voids or under floors near sources of moisture and warmth (pipes, sinks, heaters). Outside, these ants nest in the moist soil under mulch, fallen trees, woodpiles, or rock piles. They also like to nest in wood previously damaged by termites.

  • Acrobat ants live outside under rocks and logs, in dead trees, and woodpiles. Inside, they nest near areas of moisture or fungal growth in spaces behind walls, under floors, and in crawlspaces. Acrobat ants also like to nest in wood previously damaged by termites. 

How do I get rid of ants?

Get rid of ants from your home or business with the help of the professionals at Blitz! Exterminators, LLC. We are a local pest control company dedicated to keeping residential and commercial properties located in Central Georgia free of pests!

Our family is committed to keeping your family and home safe from ants and other pests. We utilize advanced treatments and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to eliminate current pest problems, prevent future pest problems, and provide our customers with peace of mind! If you are ready to eliminate ants and other pests from your Central Georgia property once and for all, call Blitz! Exterminators today.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Make your Georgia property less attractive to ants by partnering with Blitz! Exterminators, and put into place the following prevention tips:

  • Use caulk to seal cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors and seal spaces around wires and pipes entering into your home.

  • Cut back branches and overgrown shrubs or bushes away from your home’s exterior. 

  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.

  • Prevent ants from foraging for food in trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins by keeping tight-fitting or locking lids on them. 

  • Get rid of standing water from your property.

  • Repair leaky pipes and fixtures.

  • Reduce humidity levels in your home by using dehumidifiers and air conditioners. 

  • Store all food in the fridge or containers with airtight lids.

  • Regularly vacuum floors and wipe down counters.

 
 

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