Your Guide To Ant Control & Prevention

What are ants?

Ants are insects that have complicated social structures and live together in large groups. All ants have three distinctive body parts: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen. They also have a pair of bent antennae. Only the reproductive members of a colony are winged. There are many species of ants living throughout Pennsylvania. One species that many homeowners deal with is odorous house ants. As their name states, these ants emit a powerful, unpleasant smell when they are crushed. The smell is often likened to that of a rotting coconut. Odorous house ants are brown or black in color, and adults grow to between 1/16” and 1/8” in length.

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Are ants dangerous?

Most species of ants are mostly a nuisance and cause no real health problems for people or damage to structures. Odorous house ants are considered nuisance ants. While extremely annoying to deal with, they won’t cause you or your home significant harm. However, eliminating their presence in a timely manner is important because, like all species of ants, they will quickly contaminate food sources.

There are some species of ants that live throughout Pennsylvania and are considered to be dangerous. Dangerous ants are those species that can cause damage to structures or that can spread disease, bite, or sting. The best way to identify the species of ant living in or around your home is to contact an experienced pest professional.

Why do I have an ant problem?

You have an ant problem because your home or yard is providing them with food, water, and shelter. Ants, like most pests, are opportunistic and will take advantage of easy access to the things they need to survive. Ants are attracted to properties with gardens and compost areas, pet food, outdoor eating areas, garbage cans, leaky fixtures, wood or rock piles, dense vegetation, fallen trees, and tree stumps.

Where will I find ants?

Outside, ants can be found nesting in a variety of locations, including under fallen trees, in tree stumps, under mulch, in cracks in pavement or cement, and next to foundations. Odorous house ants prefer to nest outside in areas of exposed soil or underneath woodpiles. Ants often make their way inside while foraging for food. Once inside, it is common for them to stay and create a satellite nest near their newfound food source. Common indoor nesting spots include behind wall voids, underneath floors, and in spaces above ceilings. Odorous house ants are attracted to moisture and choose to make nesting spots that are near hot water pipes, heaters, and leaky fixtures.

How do I get rid of ants?

The easiest way to control and prevent ant infestations is with the help of the Philadelphia pest control professionals. At Resolution Pest, our board-trained, state-certified exterminators deliver the exceptional pest control services needed rid your home and property of ants. Resolution Pest is committed to using environmentally safe, ethical treatments to solve your ant problem and stop their return. To learn more about implementing a residential or commercial pest control service in your Bucks, Chester, Delaware, or Montgomery County-area home or business, call Resolution Pest!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

In addition to our professional services in the Philadelphia metro area, the following tips can help to prevent problems with ants:

  • Caulk cracks and crevices in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Locate gardens a distance away from the outside of your home.

  • Make sure trash cans and compost bins have tight-fitting lids.

  • Seal as many entry points as possible.

  • Maintain outdoor eating areas.

  • Place mesh covers over all vents.

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Make sure door and window screens are intact.

  • Place weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Place woodpiles a distance away from the outside of your home.

  • Maintain your lawn and remove excess debris from your property.

  • Seal spaces around utilities (pipes/wires) entering your home through its exterior.

  • Create a stone barrier of at least 12-18 inches between your home's foundation and any grass or mulch.


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