Ant Identification & Prevention

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What are ants?

Ant species that homeowners in Collegeville, PA, regularly spot crawling around their indoor and outdoor spaces include:

  • Acrobat ants
  • Carpenter ants
  • Citronella ants
  • Odorous house ants
  • Pavement ants
  • Pharaoh ants

Ants are social, opportunistic insects that live together in large colonies. Their excellent communication skills and desire for their colony to succeed means they work together to protect themselves from harm. They use pheromones to alert the colony to available food sources so that several ants can quickly turn into hundreds of ants. 

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Are ants dangerous?

There are ants that we consider dangerous living in our region of Pennsylvania. Dangerous ants are those that can cause harm to people or properties. 

The two most dangerous ants we deal with regularly are the pharaoh ant and the carpenter ant. The pharaoh ant spreads pathogens that can make people ill, including salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus. 

The carpenter ant is dangerous to our homes. When they get inside and decide to stay and nest, they excavate tunnels and nesting galleries inside wood, causing costly structural damage. 

No matter the type of ant on your property, dangerous or nuisance, one thing they have in common is that they don't belong where you live, and you should take quick action to eliminate them. For ant control near you, reach out to us at Terra Pest Management Specialists.

Why do I have an ant problem?

The ability of ants to eat almost anything and live in practically any habitat is why these pests are so problematic where we live. Ants are attracted to the multiple food and water sources they can find in and around all our homes. As worker ants are out and about foraging for the colony's basic needs, they can easily find their way into our homes through any small crack or crevice they come across.

Where will I find ants?

If you regularly spot ants traveling through your home, they have either found a reliable food source or built a nest in your house. 

Inside our homes, there are several "ant hot spots" that you should regularly inspect for ant activity, such as the following:

  • Spaces under refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers
  • Behind sinks and cabinets
  • Floor drains
  • Under carpets
  • Behind baseboards, wallpaper, and wood trim

To control ants in your house, it is always best to reach out to a professional. DIY ant control is unreliable, potentially dangerous, and doesn't solve the root cause of ant infestation. Call us today to learn about high-quality ant and pest control services in Collegeville!

How do I get rid of ants?

Here at Terra Pest Management Specialists, we are a local, family-owned business committed to our customers. We proudly offer the most effective and trustworthy residential and commercial pest control services possible. Our professionals provide ant pest control using environmentally friendly options that get to the root of your pest problems and provide a long-term solution, not just a band-aid. If you want to learn more about our ongoing home pest control services, please feel free to reach out now. 

How can I prevent ants in the future?

We have compiled a list of some of our most helpful ant prevention tips to help keep these common household pests out of your Collegeville home. 

  • Store your family's and pet's food in airtight containers or refrigerators.
  • Regularly empty your home's trash cans, rinse them out, and sanitize them. 
  • Help keep ants outside your home by sealing gaps around windows and doors, caulking cracks in the foundation, and installing door sweeps.
  • Remove moisture in and around your home that attracts ants, repair leaky pipes, remove rotting pieces of wood, and keep vegetation cut back from your home's exterior.

Here at Terra Pest Management Specialists, we take ant control seriously. Call today to learn more!

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