Ants can be particularly annoying pests to deal with. Their smaller size and large colonies make it easy for them to quickly become a significant nuisance in your house or business. For better or worse, ants do not care if you live in a new or well-established home. Ants are small enough that there are plenty of cracks and crevices for these pests to enter and explore. Once they make a nest inside or near your home, they plan to stay. Luckily, ant control in Wellesley is a specialty of Rove Pest Control.
What Ants Like to Eat
Ant are versatile critters they can eat an assortment of different things in your home. They can eat:
- dew from plants
While they do not eat the wood in the walls and foundation of your home, they may excavate weakened and rotting wood to create galleries and living spaces. They may also be seeking
- relief from heat
- protection from predators
If they find what they need, they will set up shop permanently.
Listed below are three of the most common types of ant you might find in your home.
3 Popular Types of Ants in Wellesley, MA
Carpenter ants are one of the most commonly called about pests in the Wellesley area. They are black and shiny and much larger than most types of ants. They can range from 1/4th inch to as large as 3/4th inch.
These pesky ants like to burrow inside wooden structures. They can slowly cause massive damage to your home. WIth the plentiful woods from Fuller Brook Park to your neighbor’s back yard, there are plenty of opportunities for this ant to find its way to your house, business, and yard.
Odorous House Ants
These pesky ants are much smaller than carpenter ants ranging between .1 to .2 inches. These pests are dark brown in color. They typically are found under the soil and near debris and rocks.
These ants get their name because when worker ants of this type are crushed they give off an odor similar to rotten coconuts.
These annoying critters typically are brown or black however they can be multi-colored. Most acrobat ants are 1/8th inch in size however their queens can grow to become 3/8th inches long. They are typically found underneath logs, rocks, and debris.
Acrobat ants get their name from the way they carry the abdomen above their head and thorax. They can also found around fungal decay. This decay is often weakening the wood where opportunistic acrobat ants infiltrate.
The Easiest Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Know their food source
Being that ants can eat a multitude of different things, if you notice the presence of ants in a certain area of your home, try to identify their food sources. In combination with removing the food source, you can deploy simple glue traps in areas where they have been commonly found.
Know where they like to call home
Some ants will set up their nest in your walls and foundations, however, some will create their nest underground or under protective slabs. Knowing where they come from makes it easy to deploy glue traps around their common scavenger routes.
Call For Backup
Controlling ants increases in difficulty as the colony size and number of colonies grow. They also tend to nest in places that are inaccessible. Since efficient ant removal requires knowing which ant you are dealing with, the inspection and identification services of trained experts come in handy.
If you’re tired of trying to get rid of ants in and around your home or simply want to avoid dealing with them in the future, call or email Rove Pest Control here in Wellesley. We will customize a Wellesley ant control plan for your situation which includes a guarantee.