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Ant Identification

What are ants?

he warm, humid weather in Florida allows many different types of insects to thrive, including ants. Ants are particularly problematic as their social nature causes them to live together in large groups and invade any property that provides them with sources of food and shelter.

Despite ants looking fairly similar in appearance, many species that live in Florida come with unique behaviors and nesting habits. In order to treat an invading ant species, they first must be properly identified. If ants are on your property, it's best to work with a professional to eliminate them.

a big head ant up close

Some of the most problematic ants Floridians come across regularly include:

  • Fire ants
  • Ghost ants
  • Pharaoh ants
  • White-footed ants
  • Big-headed ants
  • Acrobat ants
  • Argentine ants
  • Crazy ants
  • Carpenter ant

Are ants dangerous?

Despite being a common pest, never ignore the presence of ants. Ants can be dangerous to both people and our property.

Carpenter ants cause damage to the structures of homes and other buildings by nesting within its structural wood. Pharaoh ants spread diseases that make people very ill and are a major problem inside of healthcare facilities. Fire ants are super aggressive and defend themselves and nests by delivering painful bites and stings. Fire ants do not usually nest inside structures, but they do damage electrical equipment.

To protect your family and home from ants, be proactive and put a year-round pest control program in place to take care of a current infestation and stop them from returning in the future.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Many species become problematic when properties provide them with areas of moisture. Yards with damp mulch, fallen trees, dense shrubbery, and low-lying areas trap rainwater and provide ants with suitable nesting areas. Moisture that builds up in our homes behind walls and under floors from leaky pipes also attracts ants.

When ants discover a food source to feed their colony, they keep returning to the area. They also sometimes create satellite nests, both indoors or outdoors, near new food sources to expand their colony. Ants make pheromone trails that provide a map to help the worker ants find a way back and forth from the food source to their nest.

Where will I find ants?

It is common to see ants crawling around near areas where food is present. In our homes, ants wander around kitchen floors and counters, near trash cans, and other areas of your house where you eat and leave behind crumbs. Ants are also regularly seen traveling on walkways and sidewalks, in gardens, inside outdoor trash receptacles, and around pet dishes.

How do I get rid of ants?

With over 21 years of combined experience, you can trust Rodent Solutions to rid your Bradenton area home or business of ants. Our technicians are dedicated to pest control and work closely with our customers to ensure their pest problems are completely solved.

We complete a thorough inspection to accurately identify the ants and then implement the comprehensive pest control services needed to eliminate them. If you are looking for a long-term solution to your ant problem, reach out to the pest professionals at Rodent Solutions.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Ants and other pests are problematic in Florida throughout much of the year. The following prevention tips will help you guard your home against ants:

  • Place screens in open windows and doors.
  • Repair openings in exterior walls and the foundation.
  • Fix leaky pipes, areas of standing water, and dripping faucets that supply the moisture ants need.
  • Use air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and vent fans to limit moisture within your home.
  • Vacuum regularly, wipe down counters, and wash dishes daily.
  • Remove trash from your house daily and place it in outdoor containers with tight-fitting lids.

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