As the season warms up, more and more insects come out and begin invading homes and businesses. One of the most notorious summer pests are ants. The Northern Colorado area is home to many different species of ants all trying to get inside your home. Effective Pest Services will share some of the more common ant invaders you may see this summer, and how you can control ants in your home or business.
What Kind of Ants are Found in Northern Colorado
• Pavement Ants – One of the most common types of ant to invade homed and other human domains is the pavement ant. Pavement ants are dark brown or black in color and range from 1/10 to 1/16 of an inch. Pavement ants mostly look for greasy and foods rich in protein.
• Field Ants – Field ants mostly stay outside but will wander inside during the spring and will remain throughout the summer season. Field ants are black or a reddish brown in color and average 3/16 to 1/3 of an inch in size. Field ants love sweets and will eat anything with sugar in it.
• Cornfield Ants – These ants are a direct relative to the field ant. They are small in size only reaching up to 1/8 of an inch. Their color is light brown and also will invade homes looking for delightful sweets.
• Odorous House Ants – These are very small any only reach up to 1/10 of an inch in size. Odorous house ants are black in color and will invade homes for sweet food. These ants nest outside and will travel indoors just to look for food.
• Pharaoh Ants – These ants are very small, about 1/12 of an inch long. They are light brown and will nest indoors. They will eat both greasy and sweet food and are notorious for invading hospitals. Pharaoh ants will also develop split colonies that work together, which can lead to a major infestation very quickly.
• Carpenter Ants – One of the largest ants to roam throughout America is the carpenter ant. Carpenter ants range from ¼ to 3/8 of an inch long and are black or black with a reddish brown abdomen. These ants are not just a pest but a major threat. These ants will dig out their nest inside wood and can cause as much damage as termites. Carpenter ants don’t feed on wood like termites. They still eat proteins and sweets, and only dig through wood.
What Can Keep Ants Out?
Ants can be very hard to control. They can come up and through any tiny hole they find. Ants can come up through cracks in the foundation, through windows and doors. To keep ants out of the home, you will need to maintain a protective barrier inside and outside the home. Include all of the all edges of the home or building interior and exterior. Next, avoid leaving any food such as dirty dishes, crumbs and even a snack bowl out. You will want all food sealed or removed from the home quickly. Ants will return to the area if they continue to find food. You can also combine your pest control efforts, such as you can use ant baits. In some cases you may be able to locate the nest and treat the site to hasten control over the ants.