Types of Ants Souderton Residents Need to Prepare for This Spring
February 6, 2019
Winter is wrapping up and spring is on its way. Soon flowers will be blooming, the days will be warmer, and insects will reappear in full force. By preparing for spring insects now, you can save yourself some trouble later. The following are the types of ants that Souderton residents need to prepare for as we inch closer and closer to spring.
Pavement ants are the ants you’re probably most familiar with. They’re the ones you see outside, crawling all over your driveway and around your garden and patio areas. They often build hills in the cracks of pavement or along the edges of your walkways.
Pavement ants are about an eighth of an inch long and range in color from brown to black. While these ants don’t cause major problems, they can definitely be a nuisance. They usually live outside but will occasionally get into houses to forage for food.
Odorous House Ants
Odorous house ants are similar in size and color to pavement ants, so people often can’t tell the difference between the two. Unfortunately, you’ll figure out the difference if odorous house ants get into your house (as they’re likely to do) because you’ll suddenly smell something very unpleasant. As their name indicates, odorous house ants emit an odor, one that smells similar to rotten coconut.
Beyond their smell being bothersome, these ants also love to get into your food, which contaminates it and costs you money.
Carpenter ants are not only the largest of the ants listed here, but they’re also the most destructive. These ants will get inside your home and start chewing away at the wooden structures inside. While a piece of furniture getting destroyed by these ants would be bad enough, the real trouble occurs when they get into your walls and start compromising the structural integrity of your house.
Although carpenter ants can remain active all year long in your home, the reproductive members of the colony come out to mate and start new colonies in the spring, which is why you should be especially watchful in the weeks to come.
How to Prevent Ants From Getting in Your Souderton Home
While keeping all ants off your property would be next to impossible, you can make your home and yard less attractive to ants. The following suggestions will help.
- Remove outdoor food sources such as open garbage bins.
- Keep indoor food sources in sealed containers.
- Eliminate excess moisture around your property. Moisture attracts pests and causes damage to wooden structures, which will attract carpenter ants.
- Consider using an alternative to mulch, or at least consider not using it around the immediate perimeter of your house.
- Seal all cracks and crevices into your house.
If after all your prevention attempts you still find your home or yard inundated with ants, give Moyer Pest Control a call. We can help eliminate these pests from the inside of your house and drastically reduce their populations outside as well. Learn more about our residential pest control plans by giving us a call today.