Three No-Sweat Ant Prevention Tips For Greenville Property Owners

April 14, 2021

Ants have some common characteristics, including a segmented body composed of the head, thorax, abdomen, antennae, and six legs. They are primarily social insects that create colonies or armies that consist of thousands of members that rely on a queen (or queens) to generate the eggs needed to sustain the species. They commonly build their nests underground and feed on things such as insects, seeds, or nectar. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), ants are among the greatest nuisances reported by property owners. Unfortunately, these mini-sized pests can enter a property through tiny openings. 

odorous house ants

Ants Potentially Harmful To Human Health

While most ants can contaminate food sources as they travel, most are not a direct threat to human health. Pharaoh ants, sometimes referred to as sugar ants, can spread clostridium and streptococcus. Fire ants are a venomous species that can deliver a painful sting, and some people may require medical attention. 

Other Common Types of Ants

Odorous house ants are a nuisance that will release an unpleasant smell comparable to rotting coconuts if squashed. Rasberry crazy ants are known for their rapid and unpredictable movement. Although they will bite and have venom, they are unlikely to harm humans. 
Acrobat ants are known for their habit of raising their abdomen above their bodies. They are mostly harmless; however, they may create damage to interior wiring. 

Three Tips For Preventing Ants

  • Preventing entry: Look for any cracks or holes in the foundation and apply a durable sealant. Repair any holes in screens and place a mesh-like covering over exterior vents. Ensure that all doors and windows seal securely. 

  • Limiting access to food: Place food in sturdy sealed containers after eating, remove uneaten pet food, and avoid leaving dirty dishes out overnight. 

  • Regular cleaning and trash removal: Clean up crumbs and spills. Routinely ensure that floors are swept, including the areas underneath kitchen appliances. Be sure that trash containers have a functional lid and remove them when full.

Appropriately Responding To Ant Intrusions

What may initially appear to be a relatively minor problem of merely a few ants can quickly evolve into a severe infestation.  Because of their small size, ants can expand within interior walls, below floorboards, and other hidden regions of your home; therefore, it is critical to developing a comprehensive inspection and treatment plan.
Some property owners are attracted to do-it-yourself pest control products from local stores or online retailers promoted with sensationalized claims of quickly eliminating these infestations. In reality, most of these options are mediocre at best. We strongly suggest that you reach out to a professional pest controller to ensure the best outcome. 

Experienced Local Provider Of Extermination Services

The team of licensed pest control technicians at Greenville Pest Control undergoes a rigorous training program that exceeds the industry standards for both safety and effectiveness. We eradicate problems associated with ants, rodents, bed bugs, and a host of other unwanted critters. 
We have been delivering residential and commercial results in the Greenville region for more than 25 years. Remember to ask our service professionals about our Protective Service Plans that proactively prevent pests year-round with safe, affordable, and customized treatments for your specific needs.  We look forward to speaking with you today to schedule a no-obligation inspection of your Greenville property.

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