All About Ants — A Guide From Columbia, MD’s Premier Pest Management Team
Sometimes, big problems come in small packages. A single ant may not seem like much of a problem, but when that single ant brings 10 more ants, and those 10 ants soon to turn to hundreds, you suddenly have a real ant infestation on your hands. While most ants native to Maryland do not sting or bite, they can still cause problems for home and business owners by contaminating food and eating surfaces. Here at All Start Pest Management, our ant pest experts provide comprehensive ant control and removal surfaces for properties in Columbia, MD and beyond. Read on to learn more about ants, and give our team a call at (410) 772-0204 today!
Types of Ants
There are several ant species native to Maryland, including acrobat ants, carpenter ants, odorous house ants, pavement ants, and thief ants. The two most common species, carpenter ants and pavement ants, often make their homes in or near human structures, causing contamination problems for people inside. Learn more about carpenter ants and pavement ants below.
Carpenter ants are one of the smallest ant species native to Maryland and typically build their colonies inside wood structures. Carpenter ants are distinguished by a combination or black and red coloring as well as a constricted waist area. These ants will typically burrow inside of water damaged wood and can contaminate both human and pet food.
Pavement ants typically build their colonies inside paved or rocky structures. Cracked sidewalks, foundations, and walls are particularly susceptible to pavement ant colonies. Pavement ants are roughly the same size as carpenter ants and are usually dark-brown or black in color. Though they do not bite, black ants can cause major food contamination issues in a home or business.
Ant Infestations: Telltale Signs and Prevention Tips
Spotting an ant infestation is as easy as spotting a trail. If you notice a line of ants anywhere on your floors or walls, chances are there’s a colony nearby. In fact, any large concentration of ants is almost always an indication of a colony somewhere close.
To keep carpenter and pavement ants out of your home, it’s first important to make sure they have no place to start their colonies. For carpenter ants, this means making sure all wood in and around your home is dry and free of cracks and other damage. Trim trees and move firewood to keep all outdoor wood sources away from the foundation, walls, and roof of your building.
For pavement ants, it’s important to seal up any cracks in your foundation, stairs, or nearby concrete structures. As with all ant species, pavement and carpenter ants invade homes in search of food. Be sure to clean up, cover food, and take out your trash as regularly as possible.
Ant Extermination at All Star Pest Management
Once an ant colony has established itself in a home or business, it can be quite difficult to remove. Here at All Star Pest Management, our pest control team uses specialized chemicals and extermination techniques to take care of problem ant colonies once and for all. To learn more about our comprehensive ant extermination services, give our Columbia, MD pest management team a call at (410) 772-0204 today!