What Are Ants? - Accel Pest and Termite Control

What Are Ants?

A picture of an Ant.

Ants are fascinating social insects that form highly organized colonies, exhibiting remarkable cooperation and efficiency. While individually inconspicuous, their collective presence can pose a significant challenge when they make their way into your home or business. 

One key feature that makes ants problematic is their attraction to various food sources. Colonies will send out scouts to find food inside your home, and when they do, they form a coordinated strike, often resulting in persistent and widespread infestations. Ants are smart, but luckily, we know all their tricks. 

How To Identify Ants

Typically, ants have segmented bodies, six legs, and distinctive antennae used for navigation and communication that extend from their heads. Their coloration can vary from red and brown to black, depending on the species. Their sizes also vary, but most ants tend to range in size from as small as a pinhead to as large as your thumbnail.

Recognizable types include:

  • Carpenter ants. These ants are known for nesting in wood.
  • Odorous house ants. They emit a peculiar smell when crushed.
  • Pavement ants. These ants are often found building nests in sidewalk cracks. 

Why Do I Have Ants in My Home?

Ants are naturally drawn to environments with accessible food and water sources. Crumbs, spills, and improperly stored food become magnets for these industrious insects. Your best way to catch an infestation before it develops is to monitor the appearance of trails, especially leading to or from food areas. Ant nests, commonly concealed in wall voids, under floors, or within damp wood, can form and grow quietly out of sight, so you may already have an infestation before you know it. 

Ant Prevention Tips

Effective prevention is centered around maintaining a consistently clean living or working space. Regularly wiping down surfaces, storing food in airtight containers, and promptly addressing any leaks are the most effective preventive methods, along with sealing cracks and openings in walls and windows to deter their entry. Equally important is implementing year-round pest control measures to ensure the sustained prevention of ant infestations. This can all be done easily and effectively with Accel Pest and Termite Control.

Ant Control With Accel Pest and Termite Control

When faced with an ant infestation, professional intervention is the only way to ensure the problem is eliminated. Accel Pest and Termite Control’s experienced technicians are familiar with the full range of ants that plague Virginia and Ohio homes. With our expert equipment, we’re ready to take on any pest challenge.
Choose Southeast Virginia’s and Northeast Ohio’s best choice for ant control. To request an estimate, call or contact Accel online today.