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Ant Identification & Prevention

What are ants?

Ants are opportunistic insects that won't hesitate to take advantage of any property that offers them a safe place to nest and gather food. One of the most recognized household invaders, the ant, has three distinct body parts, six legs, and elbow-shaped antennae. Ants come in a variety of colors, the most common being black, brown, or red. The reproductive members of an ant colony have wings. In the abdomen, are two stomachs—one for food the ant itself consumes, and one to store food they carry back to the colony.

There are many different species of ants found across the country; in our area, the most common species that home and business owners run into are:

  • Little black ants
  • Argentine ants
  • Fire ants
  • Acrobat ants

Are ants dangerous?

No species of ant should be allowed to live in or around your Alabama home for an extended period of time. Before moving into your house, they were wandering outside in dirt and decaying matter. Ants contaminate food and surfaces with bacteria and other pathogens they have on their legs and bodies after coming indoors.

Some ant species also cause structural damage, and others, like fire ants, deliver painful bites and stings to people. Fire ants are aggressive, tiny ants that take their anger out on any living creature that dares to walk too close to them or the nest. The venom they inject is strong enough to cause allergic reactions (sometimes life-threatening) in people or pets that are severely allergic or when a group attack occurs. Fire ants often attack as a group to protect their nest. 

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How can I prevent ants in the future?

To help you stop ants from taking over your Alabama yard and home, we want to offer some easy-to-execute pest prevention tips:

Remove the number one attractant of ants from your yard or home: food. Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans and recycling bins. Clean up outdoor eating areas of leftover food, pick up uneaten pet food, and maintain garden areas.

Remove possible nesting sites from your yard like fallen trees, tree stumps, woodpiles, and leaf piles.

Stop wandering ants from being able to move inside of your home. Use caulk to seal cracks in the foundation, install door sweeps, and place covers over vents.

Wires often act as a highway system for ants. Seal any spaces around wires and pipes that are entering your house.

Get rid of water sources by fixing leaky pipes and clogged gutters.

Reduce humidity levels in your home with the help of dehumidifiers and air conditioners.

Repair any wood in or on your home that becomes damaged by water.

Rake back soil and mulch from your home's foundation.

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