Ant Identification & Prevention
What You Need To Know About Ants In Rockville, MD
Ants are scavenging insects, with many species living near people. When ants live in our outdoor spaces, it is only a matter of time before they find their way into our Maryland homes. Womack Pest Control offers expert pest control services in Rockville, MD, to take care of all your ant problems.
What are ants?
Ants are small insects with thousands of different species living worldwide. Like other insects, ants have a body divided into three segments (head, thorax, and abdomen). They also have short bent antennae, biting, chewing mouthparts, and reproductive members have wings.
Ants are social, live together in large colonies, and often maintain multiple nests. Their ability to communicate and work together are two of the biggest reasons these pests are challenging to control and eliminate.
In our region, the following ant species are regular visitors to our yards and homes:
- Argentine ants
- Carpenter ants
- Odorous house ants
- Pavement ants
Are ants dangerous?
Most people don't run away in fear of ants for good reason. Most ants pose little threat to people and are so small we can easily defend ourselves against them! Ants are mainly nuisance pests that get into our homes where they contaminate food and spread bacteria to surfaces, and some, like the odorous house ants, create unpleasant odors.
The carpenter ant is one of our region's more problematic and "dangerous" ants. These large ants build their nests inside trees and pieces of wood. When these ants get into our homes and decide to stay and nest, they cause serious and significant structural damage over time.
Why do I have an ant problem?
An ant colony's biggest daily task is finding and bringing back food to the nest. Worker ants leave the nest each day to search for food sources. Things like open trash cans, gardens, compost piles, pet food, and outdoor eating and cooking areas provide ants with reliable food sources.
If your property provides these pests with food, they will keep returning and, because of their excellent communication skills, will bring more and more ants with them each day. As ants are foraging for food in your yard, they will eventually end up inside your house, moving through small cracks and crevices they discover during their travels.
Where will I find ants?
Ants typically nest outside, with preferred nesting sites varying by species.
- Argentine ants nest in places with lots of moisture, like under rocks and fallen trees. These ants are known for maintaining many nesting sites.
- Carpenter ants nest inside pieces of wood, trees, tree stumps, and woodpiles, preferring wood that is decaying or water damaged.
- Pavement ants nest in the cracks and crevices in sidewalks, driveways, and in the soil next to building foundations.
- Odorous house ants like to nest in the damp soil found under rocks, boards, landscaping ties, and fallen trees.
Though most ants like to nest outside, once they get inside our homes, they sometimes decide to stay and build satellite nests. Most ants will nest behind walls or under floors in areas of a house that provide them with both moisture and warmth. Spaces near appliances, sinks, or water pipes are popular nesting spots.
How do I get rid of ants?
Get rid of ants with the help of the professionals that have provided pest control services in Montgomery County and throughout the Greater Maryland areas since 1943. Womack Pest Control is a local pest control company that understands the pests in our area and how to keep them out of homes and businesses. We are committed to our customers and providing them with long-lasting peace of mind knowing their property will remain free of pests. To learn more about our residential pest control or commercial pest control services, reach out today and speak with one of our friendly and experienced professionals!
How can I prevent ants in the future?
There are many things you can do in and around your home to avoid problems with ants. Here are some of our top ant control and prevention tips:
- Maintain clean outdoor eating areas and cooking areas.
- Never leave pet food out for long periods.
- Place tight-fitting lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
- Wipe up spills and crumbs from tables and counters.
- Regularly vacuum your sweep floors and spaces under large appliances.
- Keep ants out of your home by sealing any crack or gap in its exterior.
- Install door sweeps and make sure screens and weatherstripping are intact.
For more information about ants and how to keep them at bay, please call today!
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