Identification

Ants are usually ⅛-inch to ¼-inch long. They generally are brown or black in color and build their colonies in all types of soil and damp debris. They have a characteristic body shape of three segments with a “pinched neck” behind the head and a “pinched waist” in front of the abdomen. Their antennae are elbowed or L-shaped. Common ants include Argentine ants, Odorous House Ants, and a few other species. 

You may occasionally see ants with wings. These “winged ants” are the “reproductives” (commonly called swarmers) of the colony that are responsible for producing offspring, organizing colony activity, and establishing new colonies. 

Note: It may be difficult for the average home or business owner to distinguish between “winged ants” and “winged termites.”

Detection

Ants typically gain our attention when they invade homes or businesses in search of food and water. They commonly gain entry to a home through openings around windows, doors, foundation vents, and cracks or crevices of all kinds and sizes.

Impact

Ants can be a nuisance to humans because they infest foods and possibly transmit disease after crawling over waste.

Prevention

Preventing an ant problem can include several approaches. It helps to keep the outside areas near the home or business free of debris, such as mulch and leaf litter. The interior of the home or business needs to be kept free of food debris so as not to attract ants to the interior of the home or business. Exclusion is also a good way to help control ants (if possible). This includes sealing cracks and crevices that lead into the home or business with a silicone or caulking material. 

A large, dispersed nest can be difficult to exterminate so, if possible, pest control measures should be taken when nests are small. Ants are generally scavengers that feed on all sorts of food scraps, such as proteins and carbohydrates. This is why ants are attracted to whatever food they find in our homes or businesses. Minimizing these food sources help to discourage ants from trying to enter one’s home or business.

Solution

A professional treatment can be applied to the interior and exterior of the home or business. This is the best way to reduce the presence of and help prevent ants. These treatments are often applied in the form of baits, liquid residuals, or moisture-activated granules. 

High Country Pest Control offers a professional pest control treatment for the reduction of ants with a guarantee: Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your ant problems.

Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call High Country Pest Control in Colorado Springs for reliable pest control service and a free phone quote today!