Ants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, display different behaviors, live in a multitude of environments, and consume many different kinds of food. They are social creatures that live and work together in large colonies. Ants can be easily identified by their three distinct body regions - head, thorax, and abdomen. The reproductive members are winged. These insects are common household invaders.
Some of the common species of ants that are found around Providence, Rhode Island are pharaoh, Argentine, pavement, and fire ants.
Ants do have the potential to be dangerous. Many species, like the Argentine ant and pavement ant, are considered nuisance pests and do not pose any significant danger to people or property. But, other species of ants like the fire ant and pharaoh ant do pose significant threats to people. Pharaoh ants spread diseases, including salmonella and Streptococcus. Inside hospitals, they are known for invading patient wounds and intravenous lines. The fire ant’s painful stings inject venom that is strong enough to trigger serious allergic reactions, which may require medical attention.
You have ants on your property because it is offering them food, water, and shelter. Ants live on properties and inside homes that provide them with easy access to the things they need to survive. Ants are initially attracted to properties with things like open containers of trash, outdoor eating areas, gardens, pet food, and compost piles. Ants regularly invade homes while foraging for new food sources. Some species of ants, such as Argentine ants, are attracted to moist or decaying wood located in your home.
Ants are normally found nesting outside underneath soil and mulch, in piles of wood, in cracks in pavement and sidewalks, along fence lines, in gardens, under fallen trees, under landscaping ties, or inside tree stumps. Ants that have found their way inside looking for food or to escape severe weather conditions often decide to create indoor satellite nests. Common indoor nesting spots include under floors, inside insulation, in crawlspaces, in wall voids, behind appliances, near heating systems, and sometimes inside structural wood.
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Doing the following in your home and around your property can help to prevent problems with ants in the future:
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