Size: Between 1/16 inch to 1/2 inch long
Color: Brown or black
These very social insects typically reside underground and are considered one of the most common household pests in our climate.
Ants are active in homes and other buildings during the winter months. Normally, they are found in slab-on-grade dwellings, such as town homes, or in the basement of houses. This is because they are soil dwellers and survive the winter beneath the concrete slabs of heated buildings. They may be seen in winter, foraging for sweets, fats and proteins. Ants have a wide variety of nesting habits and food preferences. Some ants build nests in soil, producing characteristic mounds while others nest in homes behind moldings, baseboards, countertops and similar places.
Most ants are primarily a nuisance and cause little damage. Although there are no diseases associated with ants, they may infest food and can weaken wood in structures.
Getting rid of ants can be a difficult task since they are elusive creatures and their numbers are large. If the nest is not destroyed, the ants will continue coming back. Contact Guardian Pest Solutions to ensure your property is kept free of ants.
Do-it-yourself ant treatments and products are not usually effective and may only eradicate foraging ants and not the entire nest. They may contain pesticides that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.
Trying to discourage ants from invading the home can be frustrating. Proper food storage and waste management will reduce the food that often attracts worker ants indoors. Clean all spills and crumbs from kitchen surfaces, vacuum daily and rinse recyclable containers before storage.