Fortunately, most ants won’t cause any (major) harm to you, your family, or your property. While some ants do bite, their bites are non-lethal, and simply just a bit painful — some bites can also have a lasting sting. In addition, most ants won’t do anything to your home. However, carpenter ants can turn your home into their home. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood to make nests for their colonies, so it’s best to wipe out these ants before they can cause any damage to the wood components of your building. Unlike termites, carpenter ants simply chew into your wood to make nests, they don’t consume the wood in your home.
Ants and termites have distinct body shapes. Ants have a thin waist, compared to the rest of their body, and they tend to have longer legs and antennae than termites. Termites have short legs, short antennae, and a long, tube-shaped body. Both ants and termites may grow and shed wings. You can also identify termites by their droppings (which are small pellets), and if they make mud tunnels (an indication that you have a subterranean termite infestation).
Ants can and do grow wings when they are mating or when they are transitioning to a new colony.
If you’re constantly dealing with ants piling into your home, or if you simply want to prevent ants from finding their way into your abode, you can try out these tips:
Ants are attracted to food and water. If you have crumbs lying around the house, these communicative creatures will find the food source and inform other worker ants in the colony. Soon enough, you’ll see a neverending trail of ants. It’s best to keep your home, especially its kitchen and dining area, clean. Be wary that ants are particularly attracted to sweet foods, so keep sweets in airtight containers.
Ants need water as much as they need food to survive. Do your best to keep moisture around your home to a minimum. If you have water on your counters, take a second to dry them off. Also, be wary of the area around your washer and dishwasher. Be mindful that ants can also find their water source in your bathroom, and be wary that your basement can collect enough moisture to support an ant colony.
If ants are a recurring problem in your home, you should invest in a few gel baits to kill off that ant population. As we mentioned before, gel baits are an effective extermination solution, thanks to their delayed reaction, and the ease of transference of the gel between ants.
If you have an ant invasion, or if you’d simply like to take steps to keep ants from finding their way into your home, we can help. Call Hi-Tech for our ant control and prevention services. We work with folks throughout Southern California.