What are ants?
Ants are social insects that live together in large colonies and work together to help feed all their members, defend the colony, and maintain their multiple nesting sites. Their ability to work so well together is what makes eliminating these pests so difficult.
Ants are excellent communicators and leave pheromone trails to guide members of their colony back and forth from the nest to found food sources. Once ants discover a reliable source of food, they will keep returning.
Are ants dangerous?
Most of the ants we deal with are nuisance ants, and though they should never be allowed to live with us, they typically don’t cause damage to our homes or spread disease-causing pathogens.
In Florida, we have dangerous ants that often find their way onto our properties and are a cause for concern. Carpenter ants are ants that cause damage in our homes by nesting within structural wood. Fire ants are aggressive ants that bite and sting, and when nesting in our yards, they make us and our pets miserable with their regular attacks.
If ants are on your property, you must contact us so our highly trained professionals can accurately identify the species and provide the most effective treatment possible.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Some of the most common ants to be a problem in our area are listed below:
- Acrobat ants
- Carpenter ants
- Crazy ants
- Fire ants
- Ghost ants
- Pharaoh ants
- White-footed ants
Though each of the above species is unique, any of them can become a problem on your Northeastern Florida property if it offers them their basic needs. Our yards and homes more often than not provide ants with the things they need to survive: food, water, and shelter!
Where will I find ants?
Ants don’t usually live indoors; they prefer to nest outside, usually in the ground in damp soil. Every day, worker ants leave their nest and go in search of food. As they travel, they often wind up in our homes, moving through cracks and openings they discover in the foundation, under doors, and through spaces around utilities like cables or wires.
In our homes, it is common to discover ants trailing on the floor, tables, and counters as they search for crumbs and sticky liquids to feed on and bring back to the colony. If they find food in your home, they will keep returning each day.
Sometimes if food is scarce outside or weather conditions are unsuitable, they may decide to nest indoors. Ants usually build their nests in secluded areas like behind walls, under floors, behind appliances, or in structural wood.
How do I get rid of ants?
Ants are a fixture in the environment, but they don’t have to be a regular part of our lives. Remove unwanted ants from your Jacksonville, Florida area property with the help of the local pest professionals at Trad’s Pest Control. We provide our customers with effective and hassle-free support through our free inspections and premier pest control services.
We understand that pests are unpredictable and are available whenever you need us! Learn more about our comprehensive home pest control and commercial pest control services in Jacksonville by speaking with one of our professionals today! Call today and let our family begin helping you protect your family and home from ants and Florida’s other unwanted pests.
How can I prevent ants in the future?
To help you maintain a yard and home that isn’t a space where you see ants at every turn, we want to provide you with the following ant prevention strategies.
- Keep ants from marching into your house by sealing spaces in exterior walls, the foundation, and under and around windows and doors.
- Take away what ants are most attracted to: food. Keep lids on trash cans, keep your home’s kitchen clean, store food properly, and routinely vacuum your home.
- Regularly remove trash from your property.
- Get rid of leaf piles and other yard debris that can trap moisture that ants find highly attractive.
- Seal spaces around pipes, cables, and wires that are entering your house.
- Cut back shrubs and bushes from your home’s exterior that ants will climb and use to gain access to your home.