Ants Q&A with a Pest Professional
With spring already here and summer just around the corner, many homeowners and businesses will start seeing unwanted ants more and more indoors. We sat down with one of Magic Exterminating's pest professionals to answer some common questions pertaining to ants in and around New York City and Long Island. If you have an ant problem, don't hesitate to contact Magic Exterminating for a free onsite estimate today.
Q. Is there only one kind of ant in New York?
A. You might be surprised to learn that there are hundreds different species of ants in the United States. New York and Long Island do have many different species. While there are hundreds of different species, all ants have a few factors in common. They are social insects, which means that they work together to find food and water and live in extensive colonies. Although there are many species in New York State, only about a dozen are considered pest.
Q. Why do I have ants in my home?
A. Ants are usually on the hunt for food and water. They find it and leave a pheromone trail back to their nest to tell the other ants where the food it. Some species build their nests in the soil. These ants can be found living outside and looking for food in your home. Carpenter ant likes to form nests in wood, which makes it important to store woodpiles away from the home.
Q. What time of year are ants most active?
A. Ants will be more active indoors during the spring and summer months. These are the times that they will be looking for sources of food and water.
Q. Should I be worried if I find ants in my home?
A. While ants can be a nuisance, in most cases, they don't pose any real threats to your home or your family. They can spoil food, and some can even get into your medicine cabinets. You will want to act quickly before the problem gets out of hand.
Q. What is the best way to treat infestations?
A. Knowing what species of ant you are dealing with is the best way to know what to do to eliminate them. A pest control company will make sure that the entire infestation is eradicated so that you don't have to deal with continuous treatments.