Tips For Identifying 2 Common Types Of Ants, So You Can Get Rid Of Them

If you have noticed ant piles in your yard or a line of them coming through a window recently, it is obviously time to get rid of them. However, that is not always as easy as it sounds, since the different types of ants have different weaknesses. Fortunately, you will find that once you know the type of ants that are invading your home, destroying them is much simpler. 

Recognizing The House Ant

The house ant is the annoying little creature that forms a line into your home, behind many of his brethren, regardless of how clean your home is. It likes to hide in small areas, such as under rocks and bricks. It also likes its new home to be damp, so that is why you will see them in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry rooms of many homes. 

Killing The House Ant

Since house ants are nice enough to announce their presence with an obvious line, it is easy to trace their starting and stopping spots. Caulking the holes where they gain access is helpful, but eliminating them entirely requires destroying their nests, as well as removing their access to food and water. They are small and when they bite, tend not to leave large or exceptionally painful welts. 

Boiling water and carefully pouring it over the ant's nest will help destroy their home, although you may need to do so several times to get it all. Cleaning the area where you have found them with a 50% vinegar and 50% water solution will also usually destroy them. 

Finding The Carpenter Ant

The carpenter ant is one of the biggest ants found in the United States today. It leaves a painful bite and if their size is not enough to spot them, their black and/or red coloring will help. The carpenter ant can be particularly problematic because it can actually eat wood, so damage to homes is not unusual.

Ending The Carpenter Ant

If you can see where the carpenter ant is coming from, you may be able to just vacuum up the pile. It is important to remember that there are likely to be multiple piles and ant bait will help if you cannot remove the piles. It is often necessary to re-treat over a period of weeks, for best results.   

Carpenter ants are frequently hard to kill, so professional assistance is often required. Home remedies are not as effective.

In conclusion, being able to determine the type of ant that is in your home is essential to be able to destroy it. If you have noticed the signs of an ant invasion, immediate treatment is necessary. If the problem persists, consults a professional like those at Desert Pest Control.