With more than 700 species of ants in the United States, it’s not surprising that ants are a very common home-invader. As many homeowners will attest, ants often move indoors in warmer weather in search of food. Pest Control Company Royal Pest Solutions warns homeowners to take proactive steps to eliminate ants at first appearance to reduce the likelihood of a major infestation later.
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One of the most destructive species is the carpenter ant, which tunnels through wood to build its nest. The insects, which are found nationwide, enter buildings through small cracks and holes, and tunnel through decaying wood before attacking undamaged wood. As such, a carpenter ant infestation can cause severe property damage.
The most common home invading species include odorous and non-odorous house ants and pavement ants. These ants will eat almost anything, including fruit, meats and cheese and can contaminate food sources that they infest.
“Most people don’t realize that ant infestations can pose serious risks,” says John Moore, M.S. Entomologist on staff at Royal Pest. “From costly property damage to food contamination, ants jeopardize a person’s health and safety. Homeowners must pay close attention to signs of a potential infestation and take action if ants are found.”
Royal recommends that homeowners follow these tips to avoid ant infestations:
For more information on ants and pest control in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey, call Royal Pest at 1-800-769-2573 We are always happy to answer questions or stop by for a home inspection at no charge.