Everything Wilmington Homeowners Need To Know About Ants

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Everything Wilmington Homeowners Need To Know About Ants

9/15/2023

For such small pests, ants can become a big problem when they nest on your property or invade the house. While some species are primarily a nuisance, others can cause real problems and pose a risk to your family. If ants seem to be taking over your home or property, there is a solution.

This blog will explain how to identify the species of ant you have and let you know how long ant season lasts in our area. We’ll also provide tips to help you minimize ant activity around your home. Keep reading to learn all about effective pest control in Wilmington with the experts at Jay Taylor Exterminating.

What Types Of Ants Are Active Around Wilmington?

Ants in Wilmington can be challenging to identify, and many species appear very similar. The following list includes descriptions of the most common types of antsthat cause issues for Wilmington residents:

  • Argentine ants: Dark brown to black shiny ants between 1/16 and 1/4 of an inch long
  • Fire ants: Dark reddish brown ants with a stinger on the rear end, between 1/8 and 3/8 of an inch long
  • Odorous house ants: Brown or black ants between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch long
  • Pharaoh ants: Pale yellow or reddish ants with a darker abdomen, around 1/16 of an inch long

If you have trouble determining the species around your home or eliminating them, the pros at Jay Taylor Exterminating are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our ant control services or to request a free estimate.

How Long Does Ant Season Last In Wilmington?

In general, ants are most active in Wilmington during the warmer months, typically June through September. However, many species will move indoors as the weather cools, creating nests inside the house. Except for fire ants, every species on our list will invade homes when conditions outside become too cool and dry for them.

Ants in the house usually nest close to a water source, such as pipes, sinks, or areas with high humidity. If you are struggling with an ant infestation in your home or yard, contact us today at Jay Taylor Exterminating. Our pros can help you find the best way to eliminate these troublesome pests and prevent them from returning.

What You Can Do To Minimize Ant Activity Around Your Home

Ants around your home are searching for one of three things, food, water, or shelter. Removing their access to these necessities will help to minimize their activity.

Here are some practical ant prevention tipsyou can start using today:

  • Repair moisture issues like leaking pipes, and consider crawl space encapsulation or installing a dehumidifier.
  • Seal cracks and crevices to eliminate potential entryways.
  • Keep eating areas clean and tidy.
  • Store food properly in pest-proof containers.
  • Maintain the yard, keep the grass cut, and remove debris.

The pros at Jay Taylor Exterminating are here to help keep ants from becoming a problem in your home. Contact us today to learn more about our preventative ant pest controlplans or to request a free estimate.

When Is It Time To Call The Professionals For Ants?

If ants are infesting inside the house, or you have fire ant mounds in the yard, it is time to call the professionals. DIY ant baits and sprays are not enough to eliminate an infestation, and fire ants will sting if they sense a threat to the nest. Contact us today at Jay Taylor Exterminating today for help with ants and to request your free estimate!