Pest of the Month: Ants

As the weather has started to warm up Western North Carolina, the ants have come out of the woodwork, literally. Like termites, often ants make their nests within the walls of your home and once the temperatures rise, they hatch and suddenly your house is full of ants in just a few days. Infestations take almost no time!

Ants are definitely an unseemly annoyance, but importantly, they can have serious negative effects on your home. The damage done depends on the type of ant, so it's important to get educated.

Here is information on four of the most common ant species in Western North Carolina.

Carpenter Ants
Carpenter Ants are one of the most problematic species. They are a noticeably larger than many other ant species at five to eighths inches long. They get their name from their unfortunate habit of burrowing into wood and damaging even solid wood. Unlike termites, the ants don’t eat the wood, but simply remove it in order to build a nest.

Fire Ants
Fire Ants get their name for two reasons. The first is that they bite, creating an itching and burning sensation in the unlucky person who steps on their nest. The good news is that they are easy to spot, because like their name might suggest, they are one-eighth to three-eighths inches and reddish in color. Keep an eye out in your yard for large ant mounds, as fire ants are known for creating these types of hills.

Pavement Ants
Pavement ants are light brown to black with appendages lighter than rest of the body. They are about 2.5 to 3 mm long, Pavement ants don’t bit but they do have the ability to sting. Pavement ants also dwell in the undersides of logs, bricks, stones, patio blocks and boards. Pavement ants may also nest under mulching or open soil close to building foundations. They also can nest indoors, such as under floors, inside insulation and within walls.

Call Gibson Pest
Ant infestations happen notoriously quick and can cause permanent damage to your home. Contact Gibson Pest Control for a free home evaluation today. Our dedicated staff will work with you to educate you and explain all your options to you. Contact Gibson Pest Control at 888-483-6507 or 828-684-1353.

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