Ants

What are ants?

Ants are those pesky insects that we have all run into at some point, whether in our yards, homes, a park, the beach, or on a downtown sidewalk. Ants have learned to coexist quite well with people, taking advantage of the food, water, and shelter we provide.

a black ant

Ants are social insects and divide the jobs it takes to maintain a successful colony between all its colony members. The queens have only one job, and that is to lay eggs. The sole job of the male ant is to mate with the queen. Any female that is not a queen is considered a worker and is sterile. Their job is to take care of the colony. They maintain the nest, gather food, defend the colony from danger, and take care of the young, developing ants.

There are more than 12,000 species of ants living worldwide. The good news is that most of the world's ants live outside, far away from people in jungles or forested areas. Only a select few have become a problem for people.

Are ants dangerous?

Ants, though mainly thought of as nuisance pests, can be dangerous to both people and properties depending on their species. Some bite or sting, other spread illnesses that make people sick, and others cause structural damage. 

However, most of the ants we come across in our yards and homes are nuisance ants, and even though they don't belong in our houses, contaminating food and surfaces, they aren't a significant threat. 

Another problem with ants living on your property is that they are challenging to eliminate. Ants live and work together in large colonies with multiple nesting sites. Leaving behind just one nest or a few ants will quickly lead to a reinfestation.

Why do I have a ant problem?

Ants in Florida take no mercy and invade any space that provides them with their basic needs. In Florida, our tropical climate provides these pests with the warmth and humidity that enables them to thrive. 

Whether you live in a rural, suburban, or urban area, ants will be around and will take advantage of the basic needs our Florida properties offer them. Some of their favorite foraging sites and things that first attract them to our properties include:

  • Trash cans

  • Recycling containers

  • Compost

  • Gardens and fruit trees

  • Outdoor eating areas

  • Pet food

  • Areas of standing water

Where will I find ants?

Ants will establish a nest in a variety of places, such as:

  • Lawns

  • Under mulch

  • Under ground cover, leaf piles, or woodpiles

  • Under landscaping ties

  • Behind wall voids

  • Under foundations

  • In the cracks of sidewalks and driveways.

It is common to see ants during the day in long trails wandering through our yards, over walkways, in gardens, and in our kitchens. When ants discover a source of food, they alert other colony members by leaving a pheromone trail.

 

How do I get rid of ants?

Ants are pests that live all around us and are constantly searching for food and nesting sites. Keeping them away from our properties is difficult. The best way to stop these tiny terrors from taking over your property is to partner with a professional! 

Since 1980, the Green-Tech Termite and Pest Control professionals have been protecting people and properties in the Tampa Bay area from pests. We offer quality, affordable home pest control and commercial pest control services that home and business owners can trust! We are a full-service, customer-oriented company dedicated to making sure the pest control services we perform are effective and eco-friendly. To learn more about the ants that call our area home and how we can work together to get rid of them through our ant control services, reach out to the professionals at Green-Tech Termite and Pest Control today!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Remove ants from your property with the help of our professionals and the following prevention tips.

  • Seal cracks and holes in your home's exterior that ants could trail through. 

  • Trim branches and shrubs away from the outside of your home.

  • Remove ground cover and overgrown landscaping where ants can create nests.

  • Maintain gardens and fruit trees by removing fruits and vegetables that have fallen to the ground. 

  • Fix leaky pipes and remove standing water.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts to ensure they are directing rainwater away from the perimeter of your home.

  • Keep countertops clean and kitchen floors free of crumbs. 

  • Clean behind appliances.

  • Remove trash from your house often and store it in containers with tight-fitting lids.

 

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