How to Control Ants

Ants are fascinating insects with complex social structures. Ant colonies can quickly spring up very near or inside your home, invading your food stores, causing a nuisance and, in some cases, destroying wood structure foundations. Learn about ants and how to control ant invasions with advice from the MosquitoNix® Library.

Ant colonies thrive on set social structures, which are divided into three main groups: queens, males and workers. Queens start colonies and lay eggs. Males are strictly for mating, and workers gather food and protect the colony. Some ants eat only plants and nectar, but most ants eat a range of foods containing grease and protein. While ants enjoy fruits and sweets, they're also attracted to eggs, bread, cheese, nuts and meat.

Common ant species found in homes and commercial buildings include Carpenter Ants, Odorous Ants, Fire Ants, Leafcutter Ants, Argentine Ants, Pharaoh Ants and Pavement Ants. Ants are expert foragers who are constantly looking for food and water sources. Thankfully, they don't carry diseases. However, they do spoil food with their bodily waste.

Depending on the species, ant colonies form outdoors or indoors. They are most attracted to damp areas such as gardens, yards and damp wood. An indoor invasion happens when colonies burrow through weakened wood, creating easy wall paths that go straight to food sources. Ant control is challenging, because colonies are hidden. Bug spray works on the few you see, but doesn't harm the colony. Ant traps work for some species, but not others. You can prevent ants from getting inside by sealing cracks and gaps, cutting tree branches and long plant leaves that connect with the house, storing firewood away from entryways and getting rid of standing water.

Locating ant colonies is the best way to eradicate the source of the invasion. It also helps to know what species of ants you're dealing with. Our team of experienced and certified MosquitoNix bug experts can do a fast assessment of your ant problem. We'll identify the ant species first, and then target the colony with our tried and true chemical or environmentally-friendly formulas. If you've tried getting rid of ants to no avail, speak with one of our trained experts about our products and services.