What are ants?
Ants are organized and committed to the success of their colony. Ant colonies can have hundreds to hundreds of thousands of members. To stay organized, ants divide their colony into three groups — queens, winged reproductive members, and workers.
Worker ants are the most numerous and the ants we run into most regularly. Workers do the bulk of the work, leaving the nest each day to forage for food; they also help maintain the nest, protect the nest, and care for the young ants. To help all the ants get back and forth from the nest to food sources, they lay down easy-to-follow pheromone trails.
If you see winged ants, there is likely a mature nest nearby; winged reproductive ants swarm from ant nests to create new nests. Reach out to our Warren, MI pest control team for assistance with eliminating ants from your home.
Are ants dangerous?
When people talk about ants, they usually speak about how annoying they are and what a nuisance they are to deal with. Both of those things are true, but ants also pose some dangers to people and our structures.
Carpenter ants are destructive and often enter our homes to nest within structural wood, causing extensive structural damage over time. Another dangerous ant is the pharaoh ant. These ants prefer to live indoors with people. Unfortunately, they spread disease-causing pathogens that can make people quite ill.
No matter the species, all ants can contaminate food stored in our homes and the surfaces they crawl across; always remain proactive in preventing ants from entering your Warren home.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants are a problem because it's never just one or two ants that find their way into your yard. Ants are social and work together in large groups to ensure the success of their colony. If you see one ant many more are nearby. The large size of their colonies, the potential to problem solve, and the ability for ants to maintain multiple nesting sites make these pests difficult to control and eliminate.
Where will I find ants?
Ants live in many different habitats, from sandy beaches to wooded areas, large grassy fields to our backyards, and inside our homes. We commonly discover ants taking over our Michigan properties because they have learned that there is likely food and shelter where there are people.
In our yards and homes, ants gravitate to areas of moisture and food; they are omnivores and, therefore, able to eat many of the same foods we do. Trash cans, recycling bins, gardens, outdoor eating areas, kitchens, and food storage areas are where we see a lot of ant activity.
When you first spot ants traveling around your yard or inside your home, immediately reach out for help to eliminate them before they have the chance to take over!
How do I get rid of ants?
Turn to Maple Lane Pest Control to help rid your Macomb County property of nuisance or dangerous ants. With over 40 years of experience in the pest control industry, you can trust us to provide you with effective pest control services for your Warren home.
We know that ant control in Warren isn't a one-size-fits-all business, and we will work with you to meet the needs of your property. We also offer effective carpenter ant treatments, as well as a variety of pest control options in Macomb County. Our professionals will get to the root of your pest problems, perform effective treatments, and then put together a regular maintenance program to ensure ants won't return in the future.
Reach out today and speak with one of our helpful and dedicated professionals to ensure that your Michigan property is a place where ants won't want to visit. Learn more about our residential and commercial exterminator plans in Warren, MI.
How can I prevent ants in the future?
Partnering with a professional is your best bet to prevent ants and other household pests from taking over your property. Professionals can provide the routine services necessary to stop ant activity before these insects have the chance to take over.
In addition to professional pest control, doing the following things will make your property less attractive to ants:
- Always maintain eating areas inside or outside your home; food debris and food odors will attract hungry ants.
- If you have pets make sure to pick up any pet food they haven't eaten.
- Fix leaky pipes and use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in your home that can attract ants.
- Cut back shrubs and bushes from your home's exterior to keep the ground from retaining moisture and attracting ants.
- Repair defects in your home's exterior that could allow ants to enter and exit your home.