What are ants?

Ants are social insects that are known for their strength. A single ant can carry as much as 20 times its weight, and colony members will work together to carry heavier things.

Common ant species in New York are:

  • Carpenter ants 
  • Sugar ants
  • Fire ants
  • Odorous ants
  • Pavement ants
  • Pharaoh ants

One thing you should know about ants is that they infest in large numbers because they use pheromones to attract other ants when they find food.

Are ants dangerous?

Most ant species are considered nuisance pests; however, some of the species on the list above pose threats to people:

  • Carpenter ants cause damage to homes. Although they are not as destructive as termites, these wood-destroying pests can affect a home's structure if left untreated.
  • Fire ants are one of the most dangerous species. Not only are they invasive, affecting native species and the ecosystem, but they are also aggressive. Fire ants will swarm and deliver painful bites and stings to anything threatening them.
  • Pharaoh ants are known for infesting healthcare facilities and spreading pathogens, including salmonella, streptococcus, and staphylococcus. They can also transmit these pathogens in the homes they infest.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants are foragers, which means if you have an infestation of ants, they have found adequate food sources inside your house. These food sources can include garbage, crumbs, pet food, and more. 

Where will I find ants?

Ants can get inside through cracks in the foundation, gaps around windows and doors, or through the roofline using tree branches that touch the house. Once inside, ants will navigate the structure by traveling under flooring and inside wall voids. These pests will likely make their way to the kitchen for food and bathrooms and basements for moisture.

Carpenter ants specifically gravitate to water-damaged or decaying wood, which can be in the foundation, around windows and doors, and other areas of the home's structure. On the other hand, fire ants don't usually come inside, but they don't have to in order to be a problem. Fire ants are different than other species because they build their nests in bright open areas rather than shady, protected spaces. Because of this, it is easy to accidentally step on their nest, which can lead to them attacking.

How do I get rid of ants?

Different ant species require specific approaches to eliminate them effectively. To ensure proper identification and treatment, leave these pests to professionals.

At PDF Finest Pest Management, we offer eco-friendly pest treatments to remove active infestations and keep new ones from happening. Our expert technicians will perform a thorough inspection of your property to locate entry points, food sources, and other conducive conditions.

You can learn about our home pest control options for ants by contacting our PDF Finest Pest Management team.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

The most effective way to prevent future ant issues is with ongoing professional pest control services in NYC. However, it would be best if you still used the following prevention tips to make the chances of a reinfestation even less likely:

  • Regularly inspect for new entry points that need to be sealed or repaired.
  • Clean eating areas and kitchens daily to remove crumbs, dirty dishes, pet food, and other potential food sources.
  • Keep your home from developing moisture issues by addressing leaks right away, replacing moisture barriers, ensuring proper ventilation, and using dehumidifiers when necessary.

Don't forget to call us at PDF Finest Pest Management for all your pest control needs.