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Frequently Asked Questions About Ants

What are ants?

Ants are pesky little insects that are prevalent in Tennessee, and there are several different types of ants in the Cookeville and Crossville areas that you will need to keep an eye out for. It’s important to have ants properly identified if you want to defeat them and ensure that infestations don’t reappear. Our technicians at Midstate Termite & Pest Control are able to help you tackle any kind of ant infestation, including:

  • Carpenter ants are large, shiny black, and create their nests in the wood of your property, causing major issues.
  • Fire ants are red and typically settle outside; they deliver painful and sometimes dangerous stings.
  • Little black ants are tiny, black ants that invade in large numbers and are often seen raiding food storage areas.
  • Odorous house ants let off a foul odor like rotten coconut when they are squished.

Contact our technicians today to benefit from pest control ant treatment tailored to your pest problem.

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Are ants dangerous?

While ants aren’t the most dangerous pest to host on your property in terms of bites, they are unhygienic and have the potential to spread disease as they scavenge on your property. Gastroenteritis and salmonellosis are common illnesses introduced to properties by ants, and widespread ant infestations easily contaminate fresh and stored foods.

It’s important to note that ant bites may be nothing more than a nuisance, but some species deliver painful bites or trigger allergic reactions with their stings.

Why do I have an ant problem?

An increase of ants around your property is typically connected to your home having plenty of the factors that ants love within easy reach. Access to food, shelter, and moisture are all prime ant attractants, and food and drink spills, improperly stored food, leaks, and cluttered areas inside and outside all encourage an ant problem.

Plus, once ants find an easy food source, they lay down a trail of pheromones for other ants to follow, making the problem worse over time unless professional ant control is received.

Where will I find ants?

Ants are commonly found in cluttered areas near food or moisture sources. Outside, you may see ants around overgrown grasses, trash cans, compost piles, and pet food. Indoors, ants are often found around kitchens, food pantry areas, basements, bathrooms, and even in the spaces between walls. If you are dealing with carpenter ants, they are commonly found in the wooden structure of your property.

How do I get rid of ants?

Get rid of ants the easy way by contacting Midstate Termite & Pest Control the moment you suspect these insects are invading your property. With the help of our expert technicians, your ant problem can be identified and managed in no time, protecting you and your loved ones from the dangers of an ant infestation.

Call us now to benefit from experienced, knowledgeable, and effective ant pest control.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Preventing ants is an essential step in protecting your home against future ant problems and reinfestation. We recommend the following ant prevention tips to keep your home ant-free:

  • Clear outdoor areas of debris, dead trees, piles of firewood, and tree stumps.
  • Cut back long grasses and foliage, including tree branches that touch your home.
  • Remove outdoor food sources, such as unprotected trash cans or compost piles.
  • Seal cracks and crevices around your property to keep scavenging ants out.
  • Fix moisture and drainage issues around your property.

Call Midstate Termite & Pest Control for more ant prevention advice and home pest control for your Cookeville or Crossville, TN, property.

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