While most ants do not present any danger to humans, they are one of the more irritating and prevalent household pests. Moreover, there are nearly a thousand distinct species to be found in the United States alone. The first step to dealing with ant infestations is to identify the type of ant you have seen around your property.
Once you know what you are dealing with, you can make a plan to keep them outside or eliminate them altogether. Here’s a quick overview of the different types of ants you are likely to encounter in the greater Knoxville area.
These black ¼-½ inch-long ants are among the most common pests in North America. They do not eat wood like termites, and their diet consists of sugars and proteins like most ants. The chief problem with carpenter ants is their tunneling through a wood to create their nests. If they nest inside the structure of your home, they can cause expensive structural damage that is difficult to repair. They are typically most active after sunset, so you are unlikely to see them foraging during daylight hours.
Odorous House Ants
When crushed, these ants emit an odor similar to rotten coconut. They are medium-sized with smooth dark black brownish bodies and lighter, honey-colored legs. Look for nests around bricks or cracks in the wall and inside your house on countertops and along the edges of the floor. Odorous house ants love any kind of food crumbs they can find. So, keeping a clean kitchen is critical to keeping them from invading your home.
The tiniest of household ants, these little black or brown insects build mounds in cracked pavement and forage for food outside the nest all day and night. They have no problem crawling inside your home and rummaging around for food while visiting. So, do not leave a buffet out in the kitchen or pantry.
It doesn’t get much worse than fire ants. These red-colored, small-to-medium-sized insects deliver a stinging bite that can cause a significant amount of pain and swelling. Many people are allergic to fire ant bites. So, if you see them nesting or out and about, get some fire ant nest killer and drop it where the nest breaks ground. Leaving a nest to flourish is asking for fire ant bites.
Have you discovered ants in your home or on your property? Ready to deal with the problem once and for all? Knoxville area homeowners know Dayton’s Pest Control are resident experts in eliminating ant infestations for good. Contact us today for a free consultation.