Living in the South means living with one of the most frustrating and difficult to control insects in the world, the ant. From Fire Ants, Little Black Ants(Often Called “Sugar Ants”) and Carpenter Ants to Odorous House Ants, Argentine Ants, Pavement Ants, and several hundred more species, ants are all around us. Fire ants pack a painful sting and different species of ants are also capable of transmitting diseases.

What should a homeowner do when dealing with an ant infestation? First, it is critical to identify the type of ant you are dealing with. While insecticide sprays and granules are effective at temporarily killing most ants, in most cases you are going to want to combine these with a ant-specific bait for longer term control.
Ant baits are formulated for specific ants based on the type of food they prefer. Some ants like sweet foods and others prefer foods containing proteins. Easy right? Well not so much depending on the type of ant you are dealing with. You see some ants prefer sweets part of the year and proteins other parts of the year.

It is not just food that attracts ants to your home. A constant source of water is also an attractant to ants. It is critical for a homeowner to identify and correct any deficiencies in and/or around the home that may be causing moisture or standing water. If this is the primary attractant for the ants, you may find your ant problem goes away after the source of water is no longer available to them.

For homeowners frustrated with chronic ant problems, a visit or visits by a licensed pest professional may be the way to go. With the ability to properly identify the type of ant and points of entry into the home, pest professionals can quickly solve your ant infestation. Combining liquid or granular insecticides with ant-specific baits can provide homeowners with a long-term solution to their ant problems.

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