Ants become sluggish in colder weather due to a drop in their body temperatures. This causes them to either find a hiding place to wait out the winter (in deep soil, under rocks, under tree bark) or to seek out a warm place to stay active—like your home! Escaping cold weather isn’t the only reason ants want to get inside your home this winter. Ants are looking to seek shelter, food, and water in your home year round so be on the look out for damp/wet areas and food debris on floors and countertops and in pet food dishes.
Correct identification is necessary for ant prevention and control because different species have different behaviors, habits, nest locations, and preferred foods. There are nearly 16,000 ant species and subspecies of ants worldwide, but only a few hundred ant species are found in the United States. The 3 most common household ants in Georgia are:
- Fire ant:These aggressive, biting ants are sometimes found indoors but they prefer to build outdoor nests that look like red, sandy piles of dirt.
- Argentine ant:One of the most common household pests, small Argentine ants are drawn to moisture. They like to build their colonies in moist soil, under buildings, and beneath boards.
- Carpenter ant:Large, (usually black) carpenter ants love to live indoors and feast on your home’s wood. Small piles of shavings are the most common sign of a carpenter ant infestation.
If you are having a problem with ants, you may want to enlist the assistance of pest management professionals who are knowledgeable about the multiple types of ant species and the best course of action to apply to each species.
Why Truly Nolen?
Do-it-yourself pest control can be frustrating and ants are very difficult to completely eliminate on your own. For expert advice and service, contact the pest management professionals at Truly Nolen Atlanta. We will locate and seal all points of entry to stop ants from gaining access to your home or business. We will identify the type of ant you are having problems with and create a customized treatment plan for your property. We have a full menu of services to protect you, your family, and home from what bugs you. Truly Nolen Atlanta knows insects and rodents have their place, but they don’t belong in your home or business. Call us or fill out a form on our website to schedule a FREE inspection today!