Bug Busters USA reveals common ant species that are more than just a nuisance and shares ant prevention tips
With the weather heating up, ants often become a nuisance for homeowners as they move indoors in search of food. With more than 700 species in the United States, Bug Busters says it's likely most people will encounter this pest during the warmer months.
"As the temperature continues to rise across the country, homeowners might start to find tiny ants crawling around throughout the home," said Court Parker, COO at Bug Busters USA. "This pest can be a nuisance, but most people don't realize that certain ant species also pose health and property risks depending on geography."
The National Pest Management Association and Bug Busters encourages homeowners to be on the lookout for the following ant species:
Argentine Ants: Colonies of Argentine ants are found throughout the southeastern parts of the U.S. and California usually in wet environments near a food source. Argentine ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food and give off a musty odor when crushed.
Carpenter Ants: This aggressive species of ant is found nationwide, especially in the northern region. Carpenter ants attack wood and can cause severe property damage, which is usually not covered by homeowners' insurance.
Crazy Ants: First found in Texas in 2002, crazy ants have spread to other southern states, nesting in both dry and moist habitats. This species does not pose a health threat, but they can become a nuisance.
Odorous House Ants: This species is found in every region of the U.S. and commonly nests in basements, crawl spaces and adjacent structures. Odorous house ants do not pose a health risk, but they give off a strong, rotten coconut-like smell when crushed.
Pavement Ants: These black ants are found throughout the eastern portion of the U.S., and in California and Washington. They get their name from making nests in or under cracks in pavement. Pavement ants can contaminate food and should be avoided.
Red Imported Fire Ants: These red ants are found in the southeastern U.S., from Virginia to Texas, as well as California and New Mexico. They are commonly introduced to new areas through potted plants, shrubbery and trees. Fire ants will sting humans who disturb a nest, often causing painful welts.
If you suspect an ant infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment. For more information on ants, please visit www.bugbustersusa.com
Ant Prevention Tips
The best strategy homeowners can employ when attempting to control ants is to clean, clean, clean. Wipe down counters, regularly remove garbage, clean up grease spills, rinse and remove empty soda cans or other recyclables and mop/sweep the floors. Homeowners should also keep food in sealed containers and keep pet food/water dishes clean. Outside the home, eliminate sources of moisture or standing water such as birdbaths or kiddie pools. Finally, seal cracks and holes around the home to close entry points
We would like to wish Mike Davis Congratulations on his retirement from Bug Busters USA. Mike has been part of the Bug Busters Family for 11 years. He has worked out of the Woodstock Office filling many shoes over this time. We often hear how much his customers love him, and he will be missed. Mike will stay busy cruising the oceans blue with his family, and continuing his "Santa Calling". You may just see him one night putting presents under your Christmas tree.