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What You Need To Know About Ants In Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties
Ants are small insects that live together in large numbers. They are regular visitors inside our California homes, and to successfully eliminate them and prevent them from returning, you should always partner with a professional. Use our pest guide to learn more about ants, ant control, and helpful ant prevention tips.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ants
What are ants?
Ants are one of the easier-to-identify insects because of how frequently we run into them and their distinct appearance. Ants have three body segments (head, thorax, and abdomen), six legs, and short, bent antennae. Most ants are black, brown, red, or yellow.
Ants are small, social insects that play important roles in the ecosystem. Ants act as pollinators, help aerate the soil, help recycle decaying debris, and provide food for other animals.
Unfortunately, ants don't stay outside, away from us and our homes. They often nest in or near our yards and find their way into our homes, where they are unwanted, difficult-to-eliminate pests.
Are ants dangerous?
When discussing pests, ants aren't the worst that can visit your property, but their presence certainly shouldn't be celebrated or, for that matter, ignored. When ants are in our homes, they contaminate our food, spread bacteria over surfaces, and sometimes create unpleasant odors. While most ants are nuisance pests, some dangerous ants in California pose significant threats to people and our properties. Ants that we consider harmful spread disease-causing pathogens, deliver painful stings, or cause structural damage.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ant colonies divide their members into different groups, each tasked with a specific job. Worker ants make up the bulk of any ant colony and do things like care for the young ants, maintain the nest, and travel from the nest to locate and bring back food.
While out and about, if worker ants come across an open trash can, bowl of pet food, or garden with garden pests like aphids producing honeydew (a sticky sweet substance ants love), they will alert the rest of the colony by laying down a pheromone trial. Their ability to communicate with each other is why ant infestations tend to happen very quickly and why ant colonies are so successful.
Where will I find ants?
Most ants prefer to nest outside. Where exactly they build their nest depends on their species. Some nest in the soil in open sunny areas, others choose damp soil under mulch, woodpiles, or fallen trees, some nest in the cracks of pavement or cement walls, and others in pieces of decaying wood.
The closer an ant nest is to your home, the more likely these pests will wind up in your house as they forage for food and water. When ants enter our homes searching for food, we see them traveling over surfaces in the kitchen, pantries, bathrooms, and dining areas.
Sometimes ants will make their presence in our homes permanent and build a nest. Our homes offer ants safe shelter and easy access to food or water. Common indoor nesting sites include wall voids, crawl spaces, structural wood, space behind cabinets or trim, vents, and electrical equipment.
How do I get rid of ants?
Ants in California can easily move onto our properties and take over our homes. If ants have become a problem in your house, don't try to eliminate them yourself. The best pest control for ants is professional pest control. Here at The Termite Guy, we offer the monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly pest control services needed to get rid of ants and stop them from coming back. We guarantee our services; our goal is to help our customers maintain a home free of pests. To learn more about ant control solutions in Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties, contact one of our friendly professionals today!
How can I prevent ants in the future?
Use the following ant prevention tips to help stop ants from taking over your property's indoor or outdoor spaces:
- Eliminate entry points ants could use to move into your home by caulking cracks and crevices, spaces around wires and pipes, and placing mesh covers on chimneys and vents.
- Get rid of excess moisture by repairing leaky pipes and outdoor fixtures or irrigation systems.
- Regularly remove trash from your home, and make sure to wash dishes daily.
- Store outdoor trash cans a distance from the outside of your home and have locking lids.
- Vacuum and wipe down surfaces in your home to remove spills, crumbs, and other food debris.
Despite your best efforts, ants can still find their way to our properties. If you are dealing with an ant infestation, contact us today and learn more about home pest control for ants
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