ANTS DIRECTORY

We share our world with trillions of ants, and although they’re tiny—they are an ancient species with surprisingly sophisticated civilizations. An ant colony can be smart enough to know how to invade a person’s home and cause a lot of damage—so it’s important to stay one step ahead.

 
 

Identifying The Signs of Infestation


Is your home infested by ants? There are important tell-tale signs of infestation, and some hazards to be cautious of.

Ants

(Formicidae)

Preventative Measures

A few steps can reduce a homeowner’s risk of an ant infestation:

• Be mindful of how ants can access your home. Remove all plants and vegetation in direct contact with your foundation, or any other moist habitat that is perfect for an ant colony to form.

• Ants will only invade your home for a good reason. Ensure the trash is emptied frequently, food is kept in sealed containers, and dirty dishes are washed. Keep the kitchen counter clean, and be careful of leaving crumbs.

Health Concerns

Ants aren’t just a nuisance—they can pose a health risk to you and your family:

• Certain species, like the pharaoh ant, spread the salmonella bacteria—a potentially deadly food-borne illness. Ants that eat decomposing substances can spread other bacteria into your home, as well.

• Some people are allergic to ant venom, and a sting can result in deadly anaphylactic shock, similar to allergic reactions from bees.

• Some species of ants are very aggressive, and if your wastebin becomes infested, simply taking out the trash can result in dozens of painful bites and stings.

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