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Ant Identification

What are ants?

swarm of ants on the floor

Frequent and persistent pests, ants are among the most common invaders of homes and businesses in the Roseville and the Greater Sacramento area and throughout the United States. Ants are social insects, living and working together in large groups, with most colonies having multiple nesting spots. All ants have three body regions (head, thorax, and abdomen), a pair of bent antennae, and the reproductive members have wings. Most species are dark brown or black but come in various colors, including red and yellow. They also vary in size from less than 1/16 of an inch to more than 3/4 of an inch.

Are ants dangerous?

Whether or not an ant is considered dangerous to people or properties depends on its exact species. Most ants that we come across are nuisance pests and don’t pose significant harm, spread diseases, or cause structural damage. There are, however, species that are considered dangerous, like carpenter ants, that damage structures, and other species of ants that spread bacteria and parasites that make people ill. But, when it comes down to it, no property owner wants to deal with any species of ant invading their space, damaging their home or business, contaminating their food, and being a general annoyance. 

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How Can I Prevent Ants in the Future?

Partnering with a pest control professional is the best way to prevent ants and other pests problems. In addition, implementing the following prevention tips will help keep ants off of your property and out of your Northern California home. 

  • Cut back overgrown vegetation and place garden areas farther away from the outside walls of your house.
  • Regularly harvest fruits and vegetables from gardens.
  • Leave a stone or rock barrier between any mulch or soil and the foundation of your home.
  • Seal up cracks in the foundation and repair any holes along your roofline.
  • Make sure window and door screens are entirely intact to keep ants out of your home.
  • Keep tight-fitting or locking lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins.
  • Reduce moisture in and around your home; use dehumidifiers to keep basements dry and fix leaky pipes and fixtures. 

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Sacramento Homeowner's Guide To Complete Ant Prevention

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