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The Best Way To Get Rid Of Ants In Your Signal Mountain Home

February 15, 2023 - Ants

If you own a home anywhere in the United States, the chances that at some point you'll be dealing with an ant problem are high. There are over 12000 species of ants around the world, most of which are harmless and show no interest in us or our houses.

In Tennessee, you're likely to run into ants of the following species:

  • Odorous house ants grow to 1/8 of an inch in size, are black or brown, and produce a smell reminiscent of rotten coconuts when stepped on.
  • Fire ants are 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch in size, reddish-brown, and famous for their extremely painful stings.
  • Carpenter ants are one of the largest in the U.S. They grow up to 5/8 of an inch. Besides their size, carpenter ants distinguish themselves by tunneling through wooden structures to build nests.
  • Argentine ants are 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch and red to brown. Argentine ants are an unusually aggressive ant species but thankfully, only towards other ants.

Let's take a look at how to spot signs of ant infestation, what attracts ants to your home, and where to find quality pest control in Signal Mountain to clear your property of them.

How To Tell If You Have An Ant Infestation

One or two ants strolling across your floor might be an innocent, exploratory expedition, but seeing a bunch of ants might signify a colony nearby.

Some of the other symptoms of ant infestation to watch for are:

  • Ant trails that are often found along the foundation or on wiring.
  • Piles of dirt, debris, or frass (remains of the wood left by carpenter ants as they tunnel through it).
  • Small holes in the wooden structures.
  • Presence of swarmer ants.
  • Ant mounds.

Unfortunately, by the time people realize they have an ant problem, the colony (or colonies) is usually in advanced stages.

The Many Issues Ants Can Cause In Your Home

The pain these Signal Mountain pests can cause to your well-being can range from mild annoyance to structural house damage. Most ants will not bite unless cornered, but the bites are often painful and get easily infected. Ants searching for a snack will contaminate your food and the surfaces they travel. Carpenter ants tunneling through the structural wooden members of your house can weaken and cause significant damage to your home.

How And Why Ants Find Their Way Into Your Home

Ants heading into your house are looking for food, moisture, and a warm place to stay. They're attracted by accessible water from plumbing leaks and food, like crumbs and spills you don't promptly clean up. 

The following ant prevention tips will help you make your house less attractive to ants:

  • Seal cracks in the outside walls and foundation.
  • Store human and dog food in sealed containers.
  • Make sure to dispose of garbage as soon as possible.
  • Keep firewood well away from your house. 
  • Trim tree branches that come close to your home.

Ants are notoriously hard to get rid of, so it pays to do what you can to make sure ants are not interested in your property in the first place.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Ants In Your Home For Good

At Perfect Blend Pest Solutions, we put more than 15 years of experience into designing an individualized ant control program that works for you and your circumstances. Our techs have the training and expertise to track down where the ant nest is, evict the colony, and make sure your house is free of ants without endangering you or your pets.

If you're struggling with an ant infestation in your Signal Mountain home, call today, and we'll ensure your house is ant free!