What are ants?
Ants are small social insects that more often than not end up living in our yards and homes. Many species of ants live in Florida; some are dangerous, some are destructive, and all are unwanted.
Ants live outside but will take any opportunity to gain their basic needs from the things our outdoor and indoor spaces provide. They are a common pest problem and, in Florida, a year-round pest problem.
Some of our area’s most troublesome ants include:
Red imported fire ants
Southern fire ants
Are ants dangerous?
The most problematic and dangerous ants for homeowners to deal with are those that bite, sting, or invade properties in large numbers. Fire ants have short tempers; they deliver painful bites and make our yards a dangerous place to be. You should never ignore these ants in your yard.
Ghost ants and big-headed ants are more known for being “nuisance” ants but still don’t belong in our yards. They invade properties in large numbers, create multiple nests, spread bacteria, and contaminate our food. Also, some species of big-headed ants spread parasitic tapeworms.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Food is what usually lures ants to our properties. Things like an open trash cans, compost, and outdoor eating areas all communicate to ants that our yards are someplace they want to be. Gardens and fruit trees also attract ants. Many ants like to feed on sweet liquids, including honeydew, produced by garden pests like aphids.
Many ants are also attracted to moisture. Yards with poor drainage, overwatered gardens, and clogged gutters are prone to problems with ants. If ants are nesting in your yard, they will likely find their way into your home while looking for food or a new nesting spot at some point in time.
Where will I find ants?
The specific location of ants and where they prefer to nest depends on their species.
Red imported fire ants prefer to live and nest in open sunny areas, making our Florida yards perfect nesting spots. They will also nest in golf courses, meadows, parks, and any other wide-open spaces. These ants rarely move into our homes to nest.
Southern fire ants like to nest in warm sunny areas but prefer to nest near moisture sources like along the edges of ponds or lakes or under rocks or logs. These ants sometimes move into homes to nest, usually creating a satellite nest in crawl spaces, behind wall voids, or under carpeting.
Ghost ants will nest almost anywhere. Inside, they build nests behind sinks or tubs, behind walls near water pipes, or around windows or doors. Outside, these ants are a particular problem in gardens and greenhouses.
Big-headed ants nest outside in the damp soil next to cement slabs, foundations, at the base of trees, or near water pipes. Flower beds and flower pots are also common nesting spots. Big-headed ants don’t usually nest inside structures but do move in and out of our homes foraging for food.
How do I get rid of ants?
At Bold Servicing, we want to help you maintain an ant-free property. After contacting us, we will provide the services necessary to remove these unwelcome guests from your yard and home. Our premium ant control services in Tampa, FL are not only convenient and effective but also eco-friendly. To learn more about our full-service pest control options, reach out to us today and speak with one of our helpful professionals! Bold Servicing is dedicated to keeping Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater area homes and businesses free of ants and other structure-invading pests!
How can I prevent ants in the future?
Here are some prevention tips to help you keep ants and other pests out of your Florida home.
Rake back leaf litter and weeds from your foundation.
Create a stone or crushed rock barrier between your home and any mulch or soil.
Repair leaking pipes and clogged gutters that could allow moisture to build up around your home.
Make sure crawlspaces are well-ventilated.
Repair damaged weatherstripping around windows and doors.
Caulk gaps in the foundation of your home.
Place garden areas away from the outside of your home.
Keep their access to food to a minimum by placing lids on trash cans and keeping grill areas free of food debris.
Regularly clean your kitchen; place leftover food in the fridge, and store pantry items in containers with airtight lids.
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