Having an aunt come and visit from time to time is fine — I mean, they usually come bearing gifts. This type of aunt in your home is fine, but having another type of ant is not. One ant leads to a few, and a few lead to an infestation. Of all the species of ant in the United States, there are two that are most common in the state of New York.
The ants you see on driveways, sidewalks, and streets are actually called sugar ants. These pests come in either black or brown and are known for entering homes to look for — well, sugar! When these ants make their way into your home they’ll usually head for the kitchen in search for a sugary food source. If your home ever becomes infested with sugar ants, act immediately because infestations can build up to a half million individual ants!
Sugar ants are a smaller species of ant, but their cousins are much bigger! The carpenter ant is more than double, and sometimes triple, the size and can pack a serious punch. Unfortunately, these pesky pests can affect your home by causing structural damage. Any wood, in or outside of the house, can be cut into and used as the base for a tunneling system. Avoid paying for home renovations by calling a professional to remove them from your home.
Yes, there are ways that you can keep ants out of your home for short periods of time, but they always find their way back in. Since ants leave pheromones near food sources they can certainly re-infest your home in no time. To knock them out and keep them down for the count, contact the professionals at Knockout Pest Control. To learn more, or to schedule an inspection, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.