How to Stop Ants from Invading Your Home
Have you ever walked into the kitchen in the morning to start your breakfast and found a line of ants running across your counter? This is a terrible way to start off the day and is going to get you off your intended schedule. The problem is that the line of ants is only part of the problem. Behind the line that you can see there are thousands more that can slowly get in your house; and will! Ants live and work in a colony and that means that there are lots of them so it is difficult to treat them. The better way to stop ants is actually to do all you can to prevent them in the first place. There are several kinds of ants but the thing they all have in common is that they will enter a home in search of food to take back to the queen and their colony.
Common ant species found in Central New Jersey and what you can do to prevent them from getting in your home
Carpenter Ants: This is a very common ant and they are normally black in color and have a large set of mandibles on their mouth. They get the name from the area that they prefer to live and tunnel. Carpenter ants like to be in hollowed out and soft wood. They do not eat the wood but tunnel through with their large mandibles to get around inside your home. Carpenter ants prefer to feed on meats and sugary sweet foods. When these crumbs are left out you could be calling for a colony of carpenter ants to come in.
Fire Ants: The fire ant gets its name partially due to their color which is reddish in appearance. They are one of the species of ants that usually nest and live in the ground and the dirt. Fire ants are fairly aggressive ant and will go after anything that comes in their path. They won’t bite once and run away. They will bite repeatedly. Another reason the name is fitting is due the stinging that occurs when they bite a person or pet. Fire ants also prefer to eat greasy food and sweats as well. The fire ant will come inside a home in search of these kinds food to take back to their nest so if you have crumbs left out; this is an invitation.
Pavement Ant: This is another kind of ant found in Central New Jersey. Pavement ants tend to live in the cracks and gaps on the concrete walkways around your home. They build their nest under the pavement and they are usually a light brown in color. Pavement ants feed on many different types of food such as meat, old insects, and food from a garden. They are also known to make their way into homes in search of food as well.
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If you want to stop ants from getting into your home you want to be sure that you seal up any foods that scout ants will be in search of. You also want to take time to wipe off any containers that have sticky foods such as syrup and honey. The last way to prevent ants is to hire a pest control company that can treat your home for ants and other pests on a regular basis.