How to Get Rid of Ants in Tequesta
March 27, 2018
Ants are a pesky problem for any homeowner. In colder climates, they tend to die off in the winter and are only a seasonal problem. Unfortunately, for the warm climate of Southern Florida, ants are a year-round problem. Failing to get rid of them can lead to an even bigger problem down the road. Below is a summary of some of the many types of ants that can be found near and around Tequesta and how you can get rid of them.
Ghost ants are very small and hard to see, which is where they get their name. They are the most common type of ant problem in this area. These ants, like most, love foods that are sweet or high in protein, and are commonly found in kitchens. They have a dark head with very light abdomen and legs. Fortunately, they are not destructive but are a nuisance to homeowners.
White-footed ants are brown/black with yellowish feet. They are most often found during the rainy season in Florida. They love to eat ornamentals for the honeydew they produce and nest above ground and on exteriors of homes. They are considered a nuisance as well.
These ants come in different sizes but are identified by very large heads as the name suggests. They nest underground and are active for most of the year. Bigheaded ants typically live outside and rarely come into a home or property.
Black Crazy Ants
Black crazy ants have very long legs and antennae. They are active all year and live outside, usually in mulch or rocks. They get their name from the fact that they run in all directions when disturbed.
Caribbean Crazy Ants
Like their counterparts, these ants are very swift and live outside. They are rarely seen outside in temperatures less than 60 degrees. Neither species of crazy ant poses any danger, both are considered a nuisance.
Carpenter ants are reddish in color with a dark back section. They are large compared to others and do cause damage to property. They carve out wood to make nests, thus weakening the structure of your home. Carpenter ants can often be spotted by spots of sawdust with dead ants in it. Professional identification and extermination is a must with carpenter ants.
Fire ants are easily identified by their red color and painful sting. They are active all year long and swarm in fall and spring. They are not destructive to property, but if their nest is disturbed they quickly swarm the intruder and sting them with painful venom. Many people have severe allergic reactions to the bites. Fire ants should be removed by trained professionals only.
The best way to prevent ants is to eliminate their food source. Ants love sweet and greasy foods. This could be crumbs on the floor or open packages in the cupboard. Making sure to clean up crumbs and keep all food sealed is the best way to prevent ants. For serious ant infestations, or if you notice carpenter or fire ants on your property, call Nozzle Nolen to learn more about our residential pest control solutions.
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