Ants

ABOUT ANTS

Ants are one of the most successful groups of insects. They are social insects, living in colonies which are usually located in the ground. They may enter building for shelter and/or food. By 2000, ants replaced cockroaches as being the most important or most difficult to control of the structural pests.

Ants feed on practically every kind of food but those entering homes are looking for sweets and/or protein-containing substances. They form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predators. Ants live in natural cavities to highly organized colonies and they are colonized on almost every landmass on earth.

CHARACTERISTICS OF ANTS

Ants like situations that have sufficient moisture, shelter and a nearby source of food. Moisture sources may be stones, wood or other objects on the ground that act as a heat sink and cause condensation on their underneath side.

Other sources include mulch and dense vegetation that traps moisture. Also included are downspouts, overflowing gutters, leaking faucets, irrigation systems and more.

MEASURES TO CONTROL ANTS

Correct Indentification

Location Of Nest(s)

Location Of Trail(s)

Seal Possible Entry Routes

Perimeter Treatment

Reduction Of Honeydew Sources

Interior Pesticide Application

Baiting

Remove Food Sources

Change Landscaping

Reduce Moisture Sources