Ants

Ants in South Florida:

Sugar Ants

Ghost or Sugar ants are typical household pests found throughout south and central Florida. This type of ant loves sugar and water, so they are typically found in the kitchen and bathroom areas of your home. These ants do not bite or sting, but they will get into food items and are typically thought of as a nuisance. How to prevent them: Cleanliness and keeping all food items in air tight containers is an important step in managing these pests. How we treat them: Beach Environmental has a secret formula for the bait that will eliminate Sugar ants in no time.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are commonly found throughout Florida and other surrounding states. They do not feed off of the wood, but they excavate it to make nests and tunnels for their young. This ant feeds off of sweets and proteins found both inside and outside of the home. Carpenter Ants are nocturnal and are usually only seen at night foraging for food. This ant not only can cause structural damage but they also bite, so watch out. How to prevent them: It is a good idea to remove any mulch that is touching the base of your home and to cut all foliage off of your home; this prevents another infestations.

Big Headed Ants

Big Headed Ants are an invasive species to Florida and have been spreading throughout the south Florida region. These ants are going to displace many ants native to Florida. This ant species feeds off of both sugars and proteins, inside and outside of homes. How to prevent them: commonly these ants leave mud tubes and dirt inside of homes. Restricting access is needed to solve this ant problem so keep all foliage off of the roof and house. How we treat them: This ant species is very difficult to get rid of because there are usually multiple colonies across multiple property lines.

Fire Ants

Fire ants are found all over the southern United States, but they are very common in Florida. They get their name by their red coloring and their burning sting. This ant lives in colonies of dirt mounds that can be found in the yard, bushes and shrubs. How to prevent them: Keeping a close eye on your yard, trash piles, dead leaves and trash cans. How we treat them: It is important to get a fire ant problem treated especially because they leave welts on the body and a lot of people have an allergic reaction to their sting.

Keep Ants Out!

How Serious Are Ants?

One of the biggest problems related to ants in the home is food contamination. Ants carry bacteria on their bodies, which spreads when they crawl in pantries and across countertops. Only a few species are known to transmit diseases, but finding any type of ant in pantry goods or inside the home is an unpleasant experience that creates nuisances.

Some species, like carpenter and fire ants, cause additional problems. A carpenter ant infestation can do costly damage by chewing tunnels through wood beams. Fire ant stings that involve envenomation can cause pain and more serious symptoms that often result in allergic reactions to some people who are hyper-sensitive to ant stings.

Ant control can be difficult, but there are some things you should know about how ants’ behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home:

 

  • Entry: Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen pantry or storeroom areas.
  • Scent trails: Ants leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.
  • Nest locations: They can nest about anywhere in and around your house; in lawns, walls, stumps, even under foundations.
  • Colony size: Colonies can number up to 300,000 to 500,000, and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.
  • Colony Lifetime: A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years, and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
  • Do it yourself effectiveness: Most do-it-yourself ant control approaches kill only the ants you see. Some truly effective treatments can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning. Also, home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments.