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Ant Identification & Prevention

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What are ants?

In Florida, we have a long list of ant species likely to find their way into yards and homes in their quest for food, moisture, and shelter.

  • Argentine ants
  • Black crazy ants
  • Caribbean crazy ants
  • Carpenter ants
  • Ghost ants
  • Odorous house ants
  • Pharaoh ants
  • Red imported fire ants
  • White-footed ants

Though each of the above species is different, in addition to regularly getting into our homes, they all have a few things in common, including being social and having three types of adults in a colony — queen, males, and sterile females (workers).

Ants come in different sizes and colors, but all have three distinct body sections, large heads, bent antennae, and strong, chewing mouthparts. Reproductive members are winged; they use their wings to fly from the nest to reproduce and start a new nest.

Are ants dangerous?

Most ants we run into when living in Florida are annoying rather than dangerous. Ants contaminate food, spread bacteria, and of course, are a nuisance to have traveling through your yard and home day after day.

Unfortunately, Florida is home to some dangerous ants. Fire ants are aggressive and deliver painful stings, and the venom they inject triggers allergic reactions in people and animals. Carpenter ants cause structural damage inside homes and other buildings. Pharaoh ants spread disease-causing pathogens, and in hospitals, they invade and contaminate patient wounds and IV bags.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants reproduce rapidly and maintain multiple nesting sites, making these pests extremely difficult to control. That, coupled with the fact that ants live in almost any outdoor space in Florida and can enter structures through the tiniest holes, means that any of our yards or homes can become overrun with ants.

Ants are always on the lookout for food, water, and shelter, and unfortunately, our properties provide them with all three. Ants can eat many of the same things we do, meaning our trash cans, gardens, and kitchens provide them with food. Our yards and inside our homes provide them with shelter and easy access to water sources.

Where will I find ants?

Ants are adaptable creatures and can nest in many areas inside and outside our homes. Know that if you see ants in large numbers traveling in or around your home, there are nesting sites near.

Depending on the species, ants like to build their outdoor nests in wide-open areas with plenty of sun or locations that provide them with a bit more coverage, like under or within fallen trees, tree hollows, rocks, mulch, or in the soil next to foundations, sidewalks, or driveways.

If ants move into your home and decide to stay, they create their nests in secluded spots like wall voids and spaces behind cabinets, showers, and sinks.

How do I get rid of ants?

Ants are persistent pests and live throughout Florida; the best way to ensure your property doesn't become overrun by these pests is to partner with Rowland Pest Management. To eliminate the ants currently on your property and provide you with a long-term solution, our professionals will work with you and provide the recurring service visits and treatments necessary to make your property a place where ants do not feel at home.

To learn more about our residential pest control options and commercial pest management solutions, or schedule a free inspection, please reach out to us today! We offer financing options to ensure our customers throughout Florida have access to the pest control services they need. We are always here to help. "When we roll in… bugs roll out!"

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Use the following helpful tips to prevent ants from making your Florida yard their home:

  • Reduce moisture around the perimeter of your home by using gutters, repairing leaky outdoor spigots, and cutting shrubbery back from your home's exterior.
  • In your home, store food in the fridge or plastic or glass containers with airtight lids. 
  • Do your best to limit eating to your kitchen and dining areas to prevent crumbs throughout your home. 
  • Put lids on trash cans and recycling bins to stop the odors they produce from attracting ants.
  • Use caulk to seal cracks in your foundation and place covers on drains, vents, and other larger openings that offer ants an easy way to move in and out of your home.