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Ant Identification & Prevention

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What are ants?

If there is any unwanted pest that is bound to find its way into our Fort Myers house, it is the ant. Ants are omnivores and can feed their colonies with the foods they find in and around our homes. Our properties are places these social insects don't just survive but thrive!

Ants are excellent communicators and are easily able to work as a team to create multiple nesting sites, gather enough food to feed their colonies, and guard their nests against threats.

The following ants common in Fort Myers are:

  • Big-headed ants
  • Fire ants
  • Florida carpenter ants
  • Ghost ants

Ants in Florida are tiny and may seem unassuming, but they are formidable opponents that are difficult to keep away from our properties and out of our homes. Keep reading to learn more about ants, including effective ant control solutions.

Are ants dangerous?

Most ants don't pose a significant threat to people or our properties. Most are nuisance pests and unpleasant to find trailing through our yards and homes. They can contaminate food, and some can produce unpleasant odors. While nuisance ants aren't dangerous, they certainly aren't welcome to make themselves home in our Florida yards or inside our houses.

Florida is home to many types of ants, and some do pose dangers to either people or our properties.

Fire ants are aggressive ants that deliver painful stings. The venom delivered with each sting is potent enough to trigger severe allergic reactions in many people and animals.

Carpenter ants are a danger to our homes and other wooden structures on our property. These ants like to nest inside of wood. A carpenter ant infestation left untreated will, over time, cause costly structural damage.

Why do I have an ant problem?

The unfortunate truth is that Florida is a place where ants thrive. Our tropical climate allows ants to breed and feed throughout the year. Ants can become a problem on any of our properties. Once ants discover that your property can support their colony by providing reliable sources of food and water, they will alert the rest of the colony and turn your indoor or outdoor spaces into their new foraging grounds.

Where will I find ants?

We can find ants in any of our indoor or outdoor spaces. Wherever there is food, there are likely to be ants. We regularly spot ants in outdoor eating areas, gardens, trash cans, kitchens, and pantries.

Ants typically like to nest outdoors. The fire ant, for example, loves to nest in our yard's sunny open spaces. Carpenter ants like to nest in damp or decaying pieces of wood. Others, like ghost ants, nest in the damp soil found under landscaping ties, rocks, logs, and yard debris.

If ants have traveled into your home and decided to stay and build a satellite nest, you will likely find their nests behind walls, attics, vents, crawl spaces, or other hard-to-reach areas. Carpenter ants will nest inside pieces of structural wood, preferring water-damaged wood.

Some of the ant's most common entry points include cracks in the foundation, gaps under doors, torn screens, damaged roof tiles, or gaps around utilities entering a home.

How do I get rid of ants?

Don't rely on unreliable DIY ant control products you can purchase from big box stores to get rid of ants from your Fort Myers home. Eliminate ants and prevent them from returning in the safest, easiest, and most reliable way; partner with a professional!

Here at Stat Pest Control, we help home, and business owners in Southwest Florida guard their properties against ants and other unwelcome pests. We will always be there when you need us, act quickly to find the ants on your property, and provide regular treatments to safely eliminate them and help prevent them from returning.

To learn more about home and commercial pest control for ants in Fort Myers, reach out today!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Use the following ant prevention tips to help stop these pests from moving in and out of your Fort Myers, Florida, home as they please:

  • Carefully inspect your home's exterior and use caulk to seal any cracks and crevices you come across.
  • Seal spaces around wires and cables moving into your house.
  • Place screens or other appropriate covers on your drains, vents, and chimneys.
  • Place door sweeps on all exterior doors.
  • Make sure weatherstripping is intact around windows and doors.
  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins. Remove trash from your home daily.
  • Maintain a clean kitchen and practice proper food storage.

Call Stat Pest Control today for the best ant control in Fort Myers!