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Understanding Ants: Types, Prevention Tips, and Professional Control

May 20, 2024

Ants are among the most common pests that invade homes and understanding them is the first step in keeping them at bay. In our service area, two prevalent types of ants cause the most trouble: carpenter ants and odorous ants. Let's explore these ants, how to prevent infestations, and when to call in the experts.

Types of Ants in Our Service Area

Carpenter Ants

These ants are large and can be black, red, or a combination of both. They are known for their wood-destroying habits, which can cause significant structural damage to homes. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood; instead, they excavate it to create nests. Signs of carpenter ant infestation include piles of sawdust-like frass, rustling noises inside walls, and the presence of winged ants.

Odorous Ants

These ants are smaller and dark brown or black. They get their name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell they emit when crushed. Odorous ants are often found in kitchens and bathrooms, searching for sweets and moisture. They build their nests in various locations, including wall voids, under floors, and even in potted plants.

Prevention Tips

Preventing ants from entering your home is a proactive approach that can save you from the nuisance and potential damage they cause. Here are some effective prevention tips:

1. Eliminate Food and Water Sources:

  • Trash: Ensure that all trash cans are sealed tightly and emptied regularly.
  • Dishes: Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink. Wash them promptly after meals.
  • Pantry: Store food in airtight containers and clean up any spills or crumbs immediately.
  • Pet Bowls: Clean pet food and water bowls frequently and do not leave food out overnight.

2. Block Their Entry Points:

  • Trim Trees and Bushes: Ensure that no tree branches or bushes touch your home, as ants can use them as bridges to enter.
  • Seal Cracks and Crevices: Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks or crevices and seal them with caulk or other appropriate materials.

3. Contact Black Diamond for Expert Ant Control

Despite your best efforts at prevention, ants may still find their way into your home. When this happens, it's time to call in the professionals. Black Diamond Pest Control offers comprehensive ant control services that include:

  • Identification: Our experts can accurately identify the species of ants infesting your home.
  • Inspection: We will thoroughly inspect your home to locate entry points and nesting sites.
  • Treatment: Based on the inspection results, we will determine the most effective treatment plan to eliminate the ants and prevent future infestations.

By following these tips and seeking professional help when needed, you can effectively manage and prevent ant infestations in your home. Stay vigilant and proactive, and remember, Black Diamond is always here to help with any pest control needs.

Don’t let ants take over your home. With Black Diamond’s expert ant control services, you can enjoy a pest-free environment. Contact us today to take the first step toward a solution to your ant problems.