Survey after survey shows that more people have problems with ants than any other pest. It hasn’t always been like this, but ants have emerged in recent years as the most common pest plaguing homes.
That’s not surprising considering how numerous and common this pest is. There are over 750 different kinds of ants in this country, all with different habits. Some carry diseases and damage wood, and they all have an astonishing ability to search out and quickly find new food sources in homes. Leave out some crumbs or spilled liquid, and if there are ants wandering around, before you know it they will find the food and send an entire column of ants marching to the feast!
Ants have definite preferences as to what they will eat. Most kinds are strongly attracted to sweet materials, but some prefer high protein foods, or oils, grease and fats, or seeds. And many ants switch their food preferences—favoring sweets exclusively for a while, then totally ignoring sweets and eating other foods.
Ants can invade your home at any time. They are most often looking for food and water, but some invade whenever the weather turns too wet, hot, or cold outdoors. Many ant colonies start aggressively searching for food indoors during the summer and fall because their colonies have become large and they may be looking for more food sources.
Ant problems don’t go away on their own. So if you or a friend or relative have ants coming inside, be sure to keep counters clean, seal food containers, and empty trash regularly, and call us to expertly control these common and troublesome pests.