Ants

Ants are pests around the home because they feed on and contaminate human foods, infest structures and build unsightly mounds in lawns all across Appling County, Wayne County, Jeff Davis County, Bacon County, Tatnall County, and Pierce County. In some cases, ants are able to inflict painful bites or stings. Ants do not attack or eat fabrics, leather or wood in houses; however, some species can establish nests in decaying wood in structures.

Ants can be recognized from other insects because they have a narrow waist called a pedicel, with either one or two nodes (joints) between the thorax and abdomen. Also, ants have elbowed antennae. Winged reproductive ants have four wings with the first pair being much larger in size than the hind pair. Ants are frequently confused with termites. However, termites have a broad waist, straight antennae and four wings of equal size.

The best approach to ant control in the home is cleanliness. Any type of food or food particles can attract and provide food for ants. Food should be stored in tight containers. Remove plants that attract ants or control aphids, whiteflies and other insects that produce honeydew. Reduce moisture sources, including condensation and leaks.

Just as you are social in Baxley, Alma, Jesup, Hazelhurst, Reidsville, Glennville, and Blackshear, ants are social too! Location of the nest is the key to control of ants because they are social insects. Killing large numbers of individual ants may never solve the problem. It is important to identify the species of ant before trying to control the problem. Knowing the species will give you important clues to the habits of the ant and potential sources of the nest.

Keep records of where ants are seen. Some ants establish definite trails that can be followed to their nest. Placement of attractive materials, such as jelly, oils, or proteins can attract numerous ants that can then be followed to their nest. Find the ant nest by watching movements of the ants.

Look for ant mounds in the ground. Look for nests near foundations, sidewalks, patios and driveways. Check decaying logs, tree stumps, tree trunks and under rocks. Indoors ants may nest in walls, behind a baseboard, under insulation or under the house. Ant trails often enter through cracks, but the actual nest may be quite a distance away. Look for moisture sources and decayed wood in the house.