Ant Identification & Prevention

Effective ant control relies on your property receiving proper ant identification, expert ant pest control treatments, and the implementation of ant prevention tips. Solstys Environmental is ready to help you with all of this.

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What are ants?

Ants are a type of insect commonly recognized as a nuisance around homes and businesses. These insects live in colonies with social structures; members are categorized as worker ants, soldiers, or reproductive ants. There are many different species of ants around today, though only a handful of ants invade human structures – Solstys Environmental can help you with proper identification.

All ants have six legs, segmented bodies, and strong jaws; most ants are red, black, or dark brown; some ants have patterns depending on their species.

Are ants dangerous?

Though ants aren’t the most dangerous pests to host on your property, these insects are highly unhygienic and present a bite risk. As ants scavenge through your property and across surfaces searching for food, they leave behind bacteria and pathogens; illnesses such as salmonella and gastrointestinal problems commonly result from an ant infestation.

Additionally, all ants bite, and these bites might be painful, itchy, or trigger allergic reactions. Fire ants, especially, are well-known for their painful, repeated stings that may cause medical problems, even in those without allergy issues.

Some ant species may also invade wood and tunnel away at wooden structures. Some will invade utility areas like electrical boxes and cause serious property damage that may require expensive repairs.

Why do I have an ant problem?

An ant problem around your property is most likely encouraged by easy access to the food, moisture, and sheltering spaces ants love. Effective indoor and outdoor ant control considers any factors that might attract ants to remove or reduce access, making your property less hospitable to these pests overall.

Where will I find ants?

Ants can be found outdoors in underground colonies or above-ground colonies that are notable for their mounds. They may also hide in piles of wood and organic debris, near waste and compost piles, or long grass. Once they come indoors, ants commonly gravitate to kitchens, bathrooms, trash cans, or other food storage areas.

How do I get rid of ants?

The best way to get rid of ants on your property is to invest in professional ant control. Our team at Solstys Environmental is ready to help identify the culprits behind your ant infestations and develop treatment plans that effectively eradicate active ant infestations on your property. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you treat your ant problems.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

In addition to professional home pest control solutions, prevent ants in the future by following these easy deterrent tips:

  • Seal potential ant entry points around your property, such as the gaps around windows, doors, the foundation, and utility areas, to keep ants out.
  • Repair broken window and door screens to ensure ants stay out of interior areas.
  • Store all leftover food properly and never leave out food and drink spills or dirty dishes, as the aroma of these items attracts hungry ants.
  • Always dispose of waste promptly and seal trash bags tightly to prevent ant scavenging in waste disposal areas.
  • Keep outdoor trash cans or compost piles covered to stop ants from invading these areas.
  • Clear away outdoor ant harborage spots like overgrown grass, woodpiles, and piles of organic debris.

For more information on ant prevention or assistance with pest control in Atlanta, contact Solstys Environmental today.

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