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Ant Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Ants In Syracuse, New York

Ants belong to the same insect order as bees and wasps. Like many species of bees and wasps, ants are social and invade our outdoor and indoor spaces in large numbers. To help you get the upper hand on these tiny insects, read through our pest guide. It is here to help you learn about ant behaviors, habitats, prevention measures you can take, and our pest control services in Syracuse.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ants

What are ants?

Ants are insects that work as a team to maintain their nest, care for their young, gather food, and defend their nests and colony members from harm. These social insects are one of the more difficult pests to control and keep away from our properties.

Types of ants that call Syracuse home include:

  • Carpenter ants
  • Citronella ants
  • Sugar ants

Carpenter ants are large ants that invade and nest inside pieces of wood. Sugar ants are little black ants that are highly attracted to sugary food sources and are known for the unpleasant odor they produce when crushed. The citronella ant is another smelly ant; they are yellowish-brown and emit a citronella-like odor when crushed.

Determining what type of ant has found its way to your property can be tricky; a professional will help you quickly identify your unwanted intruders and implement a treatment plan.

Carpenter ant on a board

Are ants dangerous?

Ants are intrusive insects that can find their way to any of our properties. Luckily, most ants are not dangerous; however, they are a nuisance. Because of their ability to invade in large numbers, spread bacteria, and contaminate food, you need to stop these pests from taking over your property.

The carpenter ant is an example of an ant we consider dangerous. They don’t directly harm people, but their presence in our homes can damage structures and our bank accounts. When carpenter ants decide to nest within a home’s structural wood, they can eventually cause costly damage.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants have become regular fixtures on our Syracuse properties. Our yards, gardens, sheds, garages, and homes provide them with what they need to survive. Whether you live in the city, country, or the middle of the suburbs, ants live near and are constantly searching for their basic necessities. Without invitation or hesitation, they will make themselves comfortable on your property at any hint of food, water, or suitable shelter.

Where will I find ants?

Common signs of an ant infestation include finding dirt ant mounds in your yard, seeing long trails of ants moving around your property, and regularly spotting ants traveling over your home’s floors, counters, and tables.

Most ant colonies maintain more than one nesting site. Locating and treating all the nests in your home and yard is key to eliminating ants. Though many DIY ant control options are available, the easiest and most effective way to eliminate these common pests is to partner with a professional pest control expert.

How do I get rid of ants?

For the best pest control for ants, look no further. Get rid of ants and keep them away from your Syracuse property by partnering with the professionals at Gannon Pest Control. Our professionals are committed to our customers and offer tailored, comprehensive home pest control and commercial pest control services to meet individual needs.

After contacting us, we will come to your property and perform our reactive service to treat and eliminate your uninvited guests. Then through our spring preventative service, we will help you prevent future issues with ants and other common household pests.

To learn more about our seasonal protection plan or annual protection plan (which covers all insects except bed bugs, fleas, and cockroaches), call us today!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Take advantage of the following ant prevention tips to help keep these insects from taking over your home in the future.

  • Reduce excess moisture and standing water near your home.
  • Cut back overgrown vegetation from your home’s exterior that ants can use to help them to move in and out of your house.
  • Maintain a clean kitchen and keep it free of crumbs and spills.
  • Block off as many access points as possible by repairing cracks and gaps in your home’s exterior.
  • Plant plants like lavender, marigolds, and mint near the perimeter of your home to naturally deter ants.

For year-round support maintaining an ant-free property, please reach out to us at Gannon Pest Control today and learn about our effective ant control solutions.

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