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Ants: What You Need To Know
Common Ant Species in Georgia
There are thousands of ant species found all over the world. We see them every day and in large numbers, they can become a problem. Check out some of the most common ants found Georgia throughout our service areas If you're having an ant problem, most likely one of these species of ants are to blame.
Perhaps the most commonly found, there are multiple variations of this species. Usually between 6 and 13mm in length, carpenter ants can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants do not eat wood. Rather, they excavate it to create their nests. This can be problematic for home woodwork and roofs. Beware, these little creatures can cause structural damage to your home!
These ants can appear a little crazy, as their name implies. Crazy ants have one node, are black-brown in color, and have long legs and antennae. They form their colonies in a variety of environments and are often found in walls, houseplants, or within carpet. When disturbed, these ants hastily scurry about.
Coming in at just 3mm long, these ants can be rather colorful with some appearing yellow-brown and others appearing red and black. Mostly found outside, these pests occasionally find their way into foam panel insulation.
Why are Ants a Problem?
Ants are known as nuisance pests due to their large numbers and the difficulty many people encounter while trying to rid their home of ants. Ants are attracted to unsanitary conditions. Dirty dishes, food residue, and trash piles can make ants feel welcome in and around your home. The biggest problem associated with ants is food contamination.
Where do Ants Hide?
Again, ants are constantly on the hunt for food and water. It should come as no surprise that the kitchen and bathroom are the two most common places ants are found in the home. Ants can also be found hiding inside walls, bedrooms, basements, air conditioning units, garages, and attics. In short, they can be found everywhere.
Are Cockroaches Ants Dangerous?
Though most species are harmless, many ants can sting and bite which can cause severe irritation and pain. People who are hypersensitive to ant stings will often have an allergic reaction needing medical attention.