Most Common Types of Ants and How to Get Rid of Them

There are all sorts of insects that can invade our homes. While some may be harmless, they can still cause hygiene issues and discomfort, such as itching and skin problems. Others are not so harmless and can cause pretty serious problems when they bite.

Having any sort of insect infestation can also be embarrassing, particularly if you have visitors. This is why it’s important to familiarize yourself with how to get rid of certain infestations. You might even want to consider using a professional pest control company to get the job done quickly and thoroughly.

One type of infestation that you may be struggling with is an ant infestation.

The thing to bear in mind is that there are a lot of different common types of ants. This means that the treatment and steps that you take may depend on the type of ants they are.

Some of the common types of ants you may find include black ants, fire ants, carpenter ants, and flying ants.

So, let’s take a look at some of these common types of ants. We’ll talk about how to identify an infestation in your home and what steps you need to take to get rid of it.

Black Ants

Those little black ants that we often outdoors are very common. Each colony can have thousands of ants, so an infestation would be a huge problem. They tend to live outside and build their nests under the soil, under stones and rocks, or in cracked wood.

They can also come indoors, building their nests in cracks and crevices in the walls. Once this infestation takes place, you can have a real issue with ants crawling all over the place and trying to get to the food.

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While these ants may be small, they can reproduce quickly. This means that colonies can grow very rapidly, creating a bigger problem for those in the home. This is why taking steps as early on as possible is vital to get the issue sorted out without delay.

Some signs that show that you may have an ant infestation in your home include seeing the ants crawling around or seeing them going in and out of cracks in the walls, the skirting boards, and floors.

There are products that you can buy to deal with ant problems, such as sprays and powders specifically designed to kill black ants. However, you also need to address the cracks the ants have used to gain access and build their nest. Hiring a pest control company will enable them to do a thorough inspection and treatment. The company will then also provide you with advice to stop the problem from reoccurring.

Fire Ants

While black ants are either black or brown in color, fire ants have a red hue. The colonies can be huge, with some containing hundreds of thousands of insects. They tend to prefer dry, warm areas with plenty of sun, avoiding areas where there’s a lot of shade. It can be very difficult to keep an infestation under control because of the size of the colonies, which is why early action is so important.

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Another thing to remember about fire ants is that their stings can cause a lot of pain and could, in some cases, even be fatal. Some people can experience severe reactions to fire ant bites. This could lead to serious consequences and should be treated as quickly as possible. The stings can also cause serious irritation. They can also lead to red bumps, scarring, nausea, itching, increased perspiration, and more.

Because of the health danger that fire ants can pose and the difficulty of controlling an infestation, you should contact a pest control company as soon as you notice the infestation. This will enable experts to inspect your home, both inside and out. They can then take the appropriate steps to bring the infestation under control.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are much larger than other ants. They can be black, reddish, or yellowish, although black is the most common. These ants like to set up home in wood that is decaying and hollow, doing this both indoors and outdoors. They can create grooves in the wood and work hard to keep these very smooth.

You can often tell you have a carpenter ant infestation when you see a mixture of dead ants and wood shavings around the areas where they’re nesting.

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If there is damp or moist wood in your home, this could be a big attraction for these ants. In terms of colonies, there are both parent colonies, where a queen is present, and satellite ones that form when the parent colony grows too large. These insects like to feast on human food, such as meat and sweets. You may notice them searching for food around your home, which is another sign of an infestation.

The problems that can occur when it comes to this type of ant infestation make it all the more important to speak to a pest control company. While you can look out for the signs of infestation, controlling these ants can be difficult and expert treatment is often required. You can help to keep future infestations at bay by filling in those cracks and crevices where they would normally gain entry.

Flying Ants

Flying ants are among the most annoying of the common ant variations thanks to their ability to fly and get around with ease. These male and female ants aim to reproduce and fly around in droves during the summer.

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There can be high numbers of ants within the swarm, which can cause real problems for those both directly outside and inside the home. They can get into homes through open doors and windows. Once indoors, they can cause damage to your home, sting, and cause health issues.

When it comes to getting rid of flying ants, you need to make sure that you keep your doors and windows closed or use netting/mesh to keep them from getting in. You should also look for cracks and crevices where they may be able to gain entry and fill them. You can also ask a pest control company for help if you have a serious infestation that you’re struggling with.

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