Many Georgians will be welcoming friends, family members and acquaintances into their homes to share and appreciate what they have this Thanksgiving. However, unprepared humans may also wind up with some unwelcome guests who want to share the food. Ants are especially problematic in the fall. This is what you need to know about these tiny food-stealing armies.
If you have an ant problem in your home, you may have seen more than one type. These are the most common and problematic types in the Atlanta area.
These ants are easy to identify because of how large they are. They may be brown or black. You will usually see them crawling on wood. Carpenter ants make tunnels in the wood and can wreak havoc on your walls, your garage and even your foundation. One of the most common places to see them is outdoors along the eaves or indoors in cabinets and on older wood furniture.
Argentine ants are tiny and dark to light brown in color. What is especially disturbing about these ants is that they will eat nearly anything and can ruin your food supply quickly. They can survive in most conditions and can develop large colonies in hard-to-find places. Argentine ants are especially attracted to sweets. When you are baking your pumpkin pies and other Thanksgiving goodies, be sure to keep sweets tightly covered, and clean up any spilled sugar immediately. Although their colonies are usually found in moist soil, you may see them in your kitchen or any other room of the house where crumbs are found.
These ants are characterized by their red bodies. They usually make their mounds outdoors, and one colony can have as many as 250,000 fire ants. The main danger with these pests is their painful stings, which can be comparable to a bee sting. Although they are good about staying outdoors during the summer, their aggressive nature means that they will come indoors in search of anything from meat to sweet treats when the weather is cooler and the gardens have been harvested. You may see them where food is stored or frequently dropped.
As the holiday season approaches, check your windows and screens for any cracks, tears or warping. Seal any cracks along doors or windows with caulking or weather stripping. Keep food in sealed plastic or glass containers. Avoid eating in the living room, bedrooms or other rooms outside of designated dining areas. Keep the kitchen and dining room swept and mopped. If ants appear regardless of preventative measures, it is time to call a professional pest control company. For fast and effective ant control in the Atlanta area, contact Skyline Pest Solutions. We can also handle many other types of pest infestations. Call us for a no-obligation estimate.