Did you think when the height of summer was finally over, the ants inside your Colorado home might go away? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Sometimes ants continue to stick around in your home well into the fall. There are several different kinds of ants in Colorado that may be invading your home; these include the odorous house ant, the sugar and and the destructive carpenter ant. Here are some tips on how to tell these ants apart from the home pest control pros in Colorado at EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions.
Odorous House Ants: These ants are brown/black in color and are approximately 1/8 of an inch long. They are not known to sting or bite but can become a nuisance when they enter in large numbers. Odorous house ants let off a pungent odor when crushed, which has been described as smelling like rotten coconuts.
Sugar Ants: These ants are a brownish orange color and they have black heads. They range from 1/5 of an inch to 1/2 of an inch long. Sugar ants will eat sugar as well as other more savory items in your cupboards but they are not known for having a dangerous sting or bite; when they enter in large numbers they become a problem for your Colorado home.
Carpenter Ants: These ants can be black, red or a combination of black and red. They range in length from 1/8 to 1/2 an inch long. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but will bore holes into it to create galleries inside for their colonies.
Having odorous house ants and sugar ants inside your home are a nuisance, but having carpenter ants inside can be a sign that there may be serious structural damage lurking inside the wooden timbers of your home. Naturally, preventing these pests from entering your home in the first place is the best thing to do; these ant prevention tips can help limit the possibility that you will ever have an ant problem to contend with:
Keep food off countertops and stored in the fridge. Food that is open on the counters makes a free buffet for invading ants.
Sanitize your kitchen; pick up crumbs and drink spills as soon as they happen and clean floors and counters regularly.
Diligently take out the trash, as decaying food in your trash will attract hungry ants.
Seal any possible entry areas around doors and windows; check the foundation for possible cracks or crevices in which ants will enter and seal those areas as well.
Store firewood well away from your home and away from the ground.
Trim trees and shrubs back away from your home, as these will create a bridge for ants to easily access your home.
Following these tips can help limit the ants that make it into your home. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, ants may still make their way indoors. When you’ve exhausted all your preventative methods, it becomes necessary to contact the pest control professionals in Denver at EnviroPest by Sprague. Our trained and knowledgeable professionals can help determine where the ants are getting inside and then can offer treatment solutions to get rid of these pests. Our exceptional technicians can also tell the difference between carpenter ant or termite destruction, so they will be able to offer the appropriate solution no matter what pest is bugging you.
For ant problems in Colorado, call the professionals at EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions today for your first inspection. We’ll be happy to help you get rid of the ants that are invading your Colorado home!