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Ant Identification & Prevention

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. 

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.

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