Ants: Facts, Identification & Control
How to Identify Ants
Ants range in size from one sixteenth of an inch to one-fourth of an inch long. There are many species of ants all over the United States. The most common species in the North Carolina area include odorous ants, black ants, pavement ants, acrobat ants, etc. Ants vary in color from red to brown and black. Immature ants are usually white in color and resemble fly maggots. Like all other insects, ants have three body divisions: head, thorax, and abdomen. The thorax and abdomen are joined by one or two nodes, which form the petiole. Some people mistake ants for termites. There are some features that distinguish between the two, like presence of constricted/pinched waist in ants, while in termites this is absent; ants’ fore wings are larger than hind wings, whereas termites have all four in equal size; ants have bent/elbowed antennae, while termites have straight. Ants are commonly found in the warmer months, from mid-June to late September.
Ants Eating and Feeding Habits
Ants feed on sweets; they are especially fond of honeydew. They also feed on live or dead insects. They live in colonies and can be found almost anywhere – in lawns, walls, backyards, stumps, under foundations, inside structures, etc. They can enter even the tiniest of cracks, searching for sugary foods, bread, greasy foods, meats or water. Ants are usually nor aggressive, unless disturbed or alarmed. They are quick to bite and emit a repulsive odor.
Although ants do not pose serious health risks, they can contaminate food. Their bites cause redness, swelling and itching and can lead to infection or serious problems if not treated timely.
How to Prevent Ants in Home
If you find any sign of ants in your yard, home or office, immediately Contact Crown Pest Control for the best ant elimination treatment. Our specialists are adept at recognizing the species involved, the severity of the problem, and any potential threats. Our professionals will visit your premises and take time to inspect the critical areas and common habitats. Accordingly, they use the most-advanced and the most-effective treatment to make your home, office and surroundings pest-free.
Types of Ants Found in Greater Charlotte Metropolitan Area (NC)
Odorous House Ant
Some DIY Tips to Get Rid of Ants
- Repair all leaks, foundation cracks, moisture-damaged woods, etc.
- Clean garbage cans, gutters, pet dishes, etc. at regular intervals
- Seal any gaps in doors and windows
- Remove leaf clutters, brush piles, stored building materials and firewood
- Eliminate standing water
- If you are bitten by an ant, wash the affected area with mild soap and water and sterilize it with hydrogen peroxide, alcohol or betadine. Keep the bite clean regularly and apply an antiseptic cream. A paste of baking soda and water can be applied too to ease off the itchiness.
Crown Pest Control is a reputable pest control company and we provide pest treatment services in Greater Charlotte Metropolitan Area, NC, i.e. Matthews, Mount Holly, Indian Trail, Monroe, Waxhaw, Concord, Harrisburg, Huntersville, Fort Mill (SC), Indian Land (SC), Tega Cay (SC), Pineville (SC), Mineral Springs, Mint Hill, Stallings, Dilworth, Ballantyne, Cornelius, Davidson in North Carolina.