· Ants come in a large variety. The most common kinds of ants you’ll see around your home are:
Odorous house ants
· Ants find their way in through any open, unsealed space. This includes cracks in the wood and gaps in the window or old weather stripping. Once inside, they hunt for food and moisture. That’s why you’ll see them most often in your kitchen and bathroom.
· While most of these ants are harmless, Carpenter ants infestations can pose a serious threat to your property, because they tunnel their way through wood, causing damage to your home.
· Ant Behavior is a fascinating, complicated subject. They are social creatures that work together to gather food and care for their young. There are several kinds of ants in each colony. Queens have wings that allow them to fly and start a new colony. Once there they rip off their wings and mate, and begin raising their first working ants. They spend the rest of their lives laying eggs to build the colony.
· Workers are females who are wingless and do not reproduce. Their job is to build the nest, gather food and take care of the young. Males have wings that allow them to find a queen to mate with. They mate and die, doing very little work in their lives. If a colony lives in your home they can be quite disruptive and should be exterminated quickly.
You might already know for sure that you have an ant problem. Here are a couple of the most common signs of an ant infestation.
Ants will travel long distances for food. Ant trails may disappear after the food source is gone.
A large pile or groups of ants in your home or right outside your home.
Ant hills in cement cracks or next to your home.