Eco-Friendly Ant Prevention Guide For Jacksonville Properties

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Purchasing new furniture or a product is exciting, but sometimes it can be overwhelming, especially if you have to put it together. You unbox the item, lay out the hardware on the floor, and gaze in amazement at the bundle of screws, nuts, and bolts in the long plastic pouch. For a few moments, you wonder if you can assemble the item, but you reach into the box and retrieve the assembly guide. Now that you have the instructions, you realize you can complete the project with time, study, and effort.

When insects, rodents, arachnids, and other pests invade your house, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, you are not a pest control expert, so what do you do to remove problematic pests in your house? The first thing you need to do when pests invade is to secure the Jacksonville pest control team from B&T Pest Control. Since 1982 our third-generation, family-owned company has removed pests from homes throughout the area. Nowadays, we provide affordable and comprehensive service to almost 1,000 homes monthly and alleviate homeowners of pest problems. 

Awarded as the Best Pest Control Company in Jacksonville in 2021, we are qualified to present the following pest control guide to help you win the war against ants in your Jacksonville home. Please continue reading to get your questions answered and get ant prevention tips.

How Can I Tell What Type Of Ants Are In My House?

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When running away from a wasp, have you looked at the angry, flying creature and thought, "That wasp looks like an ant with wings"? Probably not. But, if you think about it, ants and wasps are similar in appearance — minus the stinger. Ants and wasps are related and are both part of the insect class in the animal kingdom. 

All ants have two antennae, a body with three segments (head, thorax, and abdomen), compound eyes, and six jointed legs. Don't all insects have wings? Not necessarily. Of course, wasps and bees have wings like other insects, but whether or not an ant has wings attached to its body depends on the ant and its role in the colony. Most ants in a nest are wingless, sterile worker ants responsible for feeding the queens, protecting eggs, and supplying nutrition to developing larvae and pupa. During the late winter months, the queens produce reproducing winged ants. When the temperatures warm, the fertilized flying ants exit the nest to find locations to create satellite colonies.

Now that you have some general information about ants, here is a list of the ant species that invade Jacksonville properties necessitating the need for ant pest control: 

  • Fire ants
  • Bigheaded ants
  • Pharaoh ants
  • Odorous house ants
  • Argentine ants
  • Acrobat ants
  • Pavement ants
  • Carpenter ants
  • Little black ants
  • Ghost ants

Just like a pouch of nuts, bolts, and screws that come with a new furniture piece, this list may seem overwhelming, so let's break it down in our handy prevention guide. Let's start with ants that live outdoors and are not frequent invaders inside a house. 

Fire ants prefer to live in the soil near structures. As their name suggests, these ants have a dark reddish body ranging from 1/8 to 3/8 inches long. These ants create two to four-foot, irregular flat mounds against trees, foundations, landscaping timbers, etc. Although they rarely enter into homes, if they do, it is usually through HVAC systems and AC units. 

Bigheaded ants are an arch-enemy of fire ants; they displace them when they want to create nests in the same territory. These ants are so-named because of the big heads of worker ants compared to the rest of their body. Like the fire ant, bigheaded ants have a reddish body and create colonies in the soil but are only 1/16 to 1/8 inch in length. 

Pharaoh ants have a bad reputation because they were assumed to be a part of the biblical plagues in Egypt. These ants stand out because they have a pale, yellowish-to-reddish ants 1/16-inch body. Although they occasionally enter homes, they are more of a nuisance in hospitals and commercial food-handling establishments. 

Now let's focus on ants that are attracted to high-moisture areas. These ants prefer to cluster around leaky water pipes, drains, sinks, water heaters, damp wood, and potted plants. Odorous house ants are brown or black and have a 1/16 to 1/8 inch body. They are so-called "odorous" because their last dying action is to produce a rotten-coconut smell when crushed. 

Argentine ants are similar in color and size to odorous house ants, although they can be as large as 1/4 inch. These ants deposit pheromones to create a trail to the food source. Because they make a chemtrail to food sources, you will often see them traveling in long lines along baseboards and up walls. 

Acrobat ants are the entertainers in the ant world. These 1/8-inch long, multicolored ants appear to stand on their head when disturbed. Like Argentine ants, they travel in long trails, but as their name suggests, they are acrobats who walk along pipes, wires, and utility lines entering homes.

Pavement ants are 1/8 inch long dark brown to black ants that prefer to live in pavement cracks and under stones outside. These ants often enter Jacksonville homes where they live underneath insulation, inside of walls, and under floors.

Carpenter ants are destructive ants. These ants have a red or black 5/8-inch body. Carpenter ants live in damp wood in crawl spaces, basements, decks, or underneath porches.

Now, we will look at ants that tend to live in drier areas of the house. Little black ants are tiny (1/16 inch) and have jet-black shiny bodies. These ants live in woodwork, wall voids, behind facades, and masonry. Don't let them scare you, but Ghost ants prefer to live in similar locations. These 1/16-inch long ants are so-called because they have a yellowish abdomen and legs, but their head and thorax are dark brown. 

B&T Pest Control provides the best pest control for ants in Jacksonville. No matter which ant species infests your property, we can handle the problem. 

What Problems Can Ants Create In My Home?

Most ants are a nuisance, and all ants can contaminate food and surfaces. Ants are not picky about where they walk and can attract disease-causing bacteria to their feet from filthy areas. The bacteria may rub off onto surfaces or exposed foods when they enter and travel through homes. Although not usually a problem for many homeowners, pharaoh ants spread salmonellosis, staphylococcus, clostridium, and streptococcus — especially in medical facilities where they walk across open wounds and get into IVs. 

Fire ants do not usually enter homes, but whether you encounter them in your house or yard, they can quickly inflict venom-filled stings resulting in red, painful, pustule-filled, itchy bumps. These ants suddenly swarm onto their victim when disturbed, and some people experience life-threatening reactions to the multiple stings. 

Carpenter ants do not eat wood like termites but weaken wood structures by boring multiple tunnels deep into the wood to create nests. Although the destruction is not swift, expensive structural problems will begin to manifest over time. 

B&T Pest Control is the ant control service near your home that will eradicate the ants and protect your family and house from contamination, damage, and disease. 

Four Environmentally-Friendly Ant Prevention Tips For Your Home

When B&T Pest Control removes ants from your Jacksonville home, you can make sure they never return by partnering with us for recurring service and by implementing these four ant control solutions:

  1. Seal entry points 
  2. Eliminate high moisture
  3. Remove debris
  4. Prevent access

Ants can enter your Jacksonville house through cracks, crevices, and gaps between incoming pipes and wires. Use a silicone-based caulk to seal openings in the foundation, around window and door frames, and along the roofline. 

Most ant species prefer to live in areas with high moisture content. Inside the house, repair leaky faucets and sinks, dehumidify the crawl space and basement, and provide proper bathroom ventilation. Outside, ensure ditches, gutters, and low-lying areas drain, remove items that collect standing water, and remove stones, wood, and other debris that trap water or allow moisture to build up. Many ants travel across tree and bush branches and use them to access window sills, attic vents, and the roofline. Pruning branches away from the house will help prevent ants from entering. 

When you request an inspection from B&T Pest Control to evaluate your home for pest control ant treatment, one of our highly-trained technicians will point out access points ants use to enter your Jacksonville house. 

What's The Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of Ants?

The best way to stop ants is to use the ant pest control services near you from B&T Pest Control. We will investigate the interior and exterior of your house to discover the ant species infesting your home, access points, attractants, and hot spots. We will create a strategic plan targeting the pest and, upon your approval, will treat the home using EPA-approved pet and family-friendly products. Contact us today to get a free estimate and learn about our PestGuard and PestGuard Plus programs.

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