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Why Do I Have An Ant Problem In My Athens Home?

January 15, 2022

If you’ve spent any time at all outside in Athens, you’ve likely dealt with ants common to the area. They can show up at the park, on streets, in driveways, and pretty much anywhere you are. While they are mainly a nuisance pest and a majority of species don’t bite, you still don’t want them around. 

This is especially true when they make it into your home and onto your property. Ants can spread diseases, contaminate food, and make time at home very uncomfortable. It’s especially important to understand the best pest control for ants as we move into the high-risk seasons for ants. Read on to learn more about the common ant species that you will encounter in Athens and what you can do for ant treatments in your home provided by the professional technicians at Anthem Pest Control.

Common Ants In Athens

As common as ants are here in Athens, you see them all the time. Without looking closely, they may all look the same. But aside from distinguishing between “red ants” and “black ants,” there are some different species that you will see around our area. Nuisance ants you will find in Athens include:

  • Argentine ants: They are typically brown in color but can be black. They won’t bite humans unless provoked.
  • Pharoah ants: Pharoah ants are usually pale yellow to red in color. They are usually found in wall voids, furniture, behind baseboards, and under floors.    
  • Odorous house ants: These ants are small and brown to black in color. They get their name from the rotten smell they give off when crushed.
  • Pavement ants: These ants are named because they typically make their home in cracks in pavement. They are dark brown to black. 
  • Crazy ants: Crazy ants are dark brown to black with a grey sheen. They have long legs and get their name from the erratic way in which they move. 

If you’re placing an emphasis on ant control for your Athens property, the two ants that pose the biggest threat to people and property are the following:

  • Carpenter ants: They usually nest in limbs or trunks of trees but are also known to infest structures. They cause property damage by burrowing through wood, leaving your home structurally compromised, making carpenter ant control a necessity.  
  • Fire ants: Fire ants pose the biggest threat to humans. They are capable of inflicting painful bites and swarm aggressively when they feel threatened, so fire ant control should be a priority.

For help in properly identifying and eradicating the species that is threatening your home, call us and let one of our trained technicians inspect your property. We have everything you need for proper carpenter ant control and fire ant control solutions.

Ant Prevention Tips

Ants are one of the most common pests that make their way onto your property and into your home. They come inside in search of food, water, and shelter. That’s why the best pest control for ants should focus on reducing their interest in your property. Sustainable ant control for your Athens property also involves eliminating their access to these things. Steps you can take to do this include:

  • Clean up crumbs and spills immediately.
  • Store food in sealed containers.
  • Dispose of garbage regularly in sealed bins.
  • Wipe down garbage bins frequently.
  • Keep your pet's food and water dishes clean. 
  • Repair holes in window screens.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on your home’s exterior.
  • Repair or replace loose mortar and weather stripping.
  • Keep trees and shrubs neatly trimmed and away from your home.
  • Keep your yard cut short.

Following these tips will help eliminate ants on your property and keep them from coming into your home. 

Call The Professionals

When it comes to effective ant control, nothing can beat working with a professional pest control company. At Anthem Pest Control, our trained technicians can inspect your home for signs of ants and identify any conditions on your property that could be attracting ants common to the area.

Based on the inspection, we will develop a plan to keep pests, including ants, off your property. This will include immediate ant treatments in your home that eliminate any current infestations that we find and preventive treatments to prevent further infestations from occurring. Contact us today for the most effective ant control in the Athens area.