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Ants 101: Everything You Need to Know

What Are Ants?

Ants are perhaps one of the most common types of insects and are found all over the world. These social insects form in colonies with each member serving a specific purpose or job, starting at the top with the queen and going all the way down to the workers. There are thousands of different types of ants. Some types of ants can sting or bite while others have wings and can fly. Carpenter and fire ants are some of the more common varieties found in North Florida and South Georgia.

Where Do They Live?

Most types of ants prefer to live in nature, although, ants are resourceful and can make do just about any place. Some species build tunnels and hills in the ground while others, like carpenter ants, look for downed trees and even wooden structures to call home.

What Do Ants Eat?

Ants are scavengers, and most are opportunistic. This means ants will eat what is available from plants to meat, including dead insects and animals. As scavengers, ants are always looking for food which they will bring back to their nest for other members of the colony. When ants get into a home, they can normally be found in the kitchen or any place where food is left out.

Their Purpose

Whenever ants interact with humans, they are generally considered a nuisance. This is especially true inside of homes and buildings. However, ants do serve an environmental purpose. As scavengers, ants clean up decaying plant matter and dead animals. The tunnels they build in the ground help to aerate soil and aids in plant growth. Lastly, ants are a source of food to other insects and birds, making them part of food chains and local ecosystems.

How to Get Rid of Ants

Stopping ants from establishing nests on your property or getting inside your home is often easier than getting rid of them. Keeping your entire home, but primarily your kitchen, free from food debris and garbage is a major step. Due to their small size, ants are able to get through small cracks and openings. Do your best to repair damage and close up or seal cracks, holes and other access points. Outside of your home, trim plants, remove downed branches and leaves and stack firewood away from buildings.

The most effective way to get rid of ants if they set up a colony in your yard or get inside of your home is to call an exterminator. Our trained pest control team can evaluate your specific situation in order to create a customized program to fit your needs. Contact us at B&B Exterminating Co. to learn more.

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