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Ant Identification & Prevention

What are ants?

Ants are a type of insect that live together in large social groups. Ants vary in color and size depending on their species. All ants have three distinctive body parts that include a head, thorax, and abdomen, and they have a pair of bent antennae. Only the reproductive members are winged and are usually the largest members of the colony.

Some of the most common species of ants living in Kansas City, Missouri are acrobat ants, carpenter ants, odorous house, and pavement ants.

Acrobat ants
Acrobat ants get their name from their unique ability to raise their heart-shaped abdomens over their heads when disturbed. One can also identify acrobat ants by the foul-smelling odor they emit when bothered. Acrobat ants are a small species and are black to yellowish, although some can be multi-colored.

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Are ants dangerous?

Ants are typically described as nuisance, dangerous, or destructive. Nuisance ants are those species that pose no significant health risks to people and cause no harm to property. Odorous house ants, acrobat ants, and pavement ants are all example of nuisance ants. Dangerous ants are those that deliver painful bites or stings, or spread serious disease and bacteria to people. Destructive ants are species that pose no health threat to people, but cause harm to property. Carpenter ants are a type of destructive ant that has the potential to cause extensive and costly structural damage inside of any home that they decide to create their satellite nests within.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants live on properties that allow them to thrive by providing access to food, water, and shelter. Things like outdoor trashcans, gardens, compost piles, outdoor eating areas, woodpiles, rock piles, fallen trees, tree stumps, and piles of organic debris all can attract ants. Ants move inside of homes while out and about foraging for food sources. Common entrance points include cracks and crevices in the foundation and exterior walls, holes along the roofline, spaces around doors, windows, and air-conditioning units, and through torn screens. Ants also commonly move indoors if the weather outside becomes too severe - hot, dry, or wet.

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Where will I find ants?

It is common to see ants on decks, porches, sidewalks, walkways, kitchens, pantries, and in basements. Depending on their exact species, ants will nest in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. Inside of homes ants make their nests near food sources. They can be found underneath floors, behind walls, behind large appliances, inside of insulation, in crawlspaces, and near heating or plumbing systems.

Carpenter ants create their nests inside of structural wood, especially if it has been previously damaged by water. Outdoors ants can be found nesting in places such as beneath the soil, in woodpiles, under fallen trees or rocks, in tree stumps, or along fence lines. As their name suggests, pavement ants are often found nesting outside in the cracks and crevices found in or next to areas of pavement and cement.

How do I get rid of ants?

To eliminate ants from your home or property, partner with a professional pest control expert. At Augustine Exterminators we provide the advanced modern methods that will solve your unique pest problems and prevent future ones. Our trained and certified specialists offer homeowners effective and affordable ant control services. To learn more about the residential and commercial pest control services we provide throughout the Greater Kansas City area, call Augustine Exterminators today!

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