It happens the same way every year. Just when you think you’ve avoided the annual ant infestation, you see a dark speck making its way across the kitchen counter. Summer ant problems are no surprise to Georgia homeowners. Ants can slip through invisible cracks, drawn by food or water into your home. And DIY tricks like ant traps are an ineffective solution, killing only the ants that wander into the open. So how can homeowners get rid of ants for good? The first step is knowing what you’re up against.
Identifying Household Ants in Georgia
While there are hundreds of types of ants that call the South home, only a few are common household pests. Knowing what type of ant is infesting your home makes it easier to treat the problem. These are the 3 most common household ants in Georgia.
- Argentine Ant. Small, adaptable, and dark brown in color, the argentine ant is one of the most common household pests in Georgia. These ants typically invade homes during July and August to escape the Georgia heat. They’re drawn to moisture and typically build their colonies under buildings, in moist soil, and beneath boards. The best way to spot an argentine ant infestation is by spotting a foraging trail.
- Carpenter Ant. Carpenter ants are large and typically black in color, though some carpenter ants may be red or yellow. They live indoors or outdoors in decaying or hollow wood. Wood shavings are a common sign of a carpenter ant infestation. Other signs include seeing workers (large ants with mandibles) or swarmers (winged ants), or hearing faint scraping sounds as the ants burrow tunnels into the wood.
- Fire Ant. The foe of people and animals alike, fire ants are aggressive, biting any creature that gets in their way. Fire ant nests typically appear as sandy, red mounds in the earth, which are less visible in dry conditions than they are after rainfall. Fire ants prefer dry, sunny fields. If you don’t spot a fire ant mound, the movement of worker and swarmer ants are the clearest sign of a fire ant infestation.
Don’t ignore ants. Call Progressive Pest Control to eliminate your ant problem at the source.