Ant Identification & Prevention

Ant Identification & Prevention

ants eating a piece of food

Learning about the most common ants in our area is the best way to guard your home and family against them. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Ants

What are ants?

Ants are social insects and live together in large groups; they have adapted to living with people, taking advantage of our properties to meet their basic needs. 

Two of the most common and problematic species of ants in the Atlanta Metro area and Southeast Florida are the acrobat ant and carpenter ant. Acrobat ants are small ants identified by the unique way they bring up their abdomen over their head when disturbed. Carpenter ants are the largest ants around here and frequently invade our structures. They are unique in the fact that they nest inside wood. 

Are ants dangerous?

Most ants, including acrobat ants, are more of a nuisance to us than dangerous. The two biggest concerns with ants are their ability to contaminate the food stored in our homes and the spread of bacteria to surfaces in our homes. Their excellent communication skills and large populations make it challenging to control and eliminate ants.

The carpenter ant is an example of a dangerous ant. When these ants get in our homes and decide to nest, they invade structural wood and, over time, cause costly structural damage. Additionally, carpenter ants are attracted to wet or decaying wood, so if they are nesting in your home, there is likely a moisture issue or leak you need to address. 

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants are insects that we all have run into. The simple truth is that ants live all around us. Whether you live smack dab in the middle of a city, in the suburbs, or in a rural area, ants can and will invade your property.

The food, shelter, and water sources our properties offer are just too much for them to resist. Our trash, compost, pet food, gardens, and outdoor eating areas attract the attention of foraging ants.

Where will I find ants?

Outside, ants like to nest in damp soil found under fallen trees, under mulch or landscaping ties, next to foundations, or in between cracks in pavement or cement. Some species like to nest in cool shady spots, while others prefer to nest in wide-open spaces, like our yards. 

Most ants prefer to nest outside, but they sometimes get into our homes and decide to stay and nest near their newly found food sources. Indoors, you will likely discover ants nesting in wall voids, under floors, in attics, and behind wood trim. 

How do I get rid of ants?

Get rid of ants with the help of the professionals at Squash A Bug Pest Control. We are passionate about pest control and our customers. We provide the most effective, high-quality services customized to meet the unique needs of all our customers. 

If you are looking for the best ant control services for your Atlanta Metro or Southeast Florida property, we are here to help. We will rid your property of ants and other unwanted pests through thorough inspections and effective interior and exterior treatments. Call today to learn more about our 100% guaranteed residential or commercial pest control services!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Use the following prevention tips to reduce the ant’s interest in your Georgia or Florida property:

  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins to reduce food odors and access to food sources.
  • Maintain gardens by regularly harvesting fruits and vegetables.
  • Pick up uneaten pet food and keep their food and water bowls clean.
  • Keeping shrubbery and trees cut back from your home’s exterior.
  • Create a 12 to 18-inch barrier of crushed stone barrier between mulch or soil and your foundation.
  • Routinely mow your lawn to keep the grass cut short. 

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