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- Odorous house ants: Odorous house ants are appropriately named, as they emit a rotten odor when they are crushed. Also known as sugar ants, these critters are most commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens.
- Velvety tree ants: As their name suggests, these ants have a coating of fine hair over their entire body. These ants usually live in logs and stumps, which causes many people to mistake them for carpenter ants.
- Pavement ants: Pavement ants are usually found in the cracks of cement and pavement, although they will find exposed soil to nest. When they need food though, they will make their way into homes.
- Pharaoh ants: Pharaoh ants are really the only type of ant in Moses Lake that poses a threat to the health of humans. Hospital patients are particularly at risk, as pharaoh ants seek out warm and moist areas, such as open wounds, to transmit diseases such as streptococcus and salmonella.
Winged ants are not a different type of ant, contrary to what many people think. Many ants, such as carpenter ants, fly and swarm only to lose their wings once they have found a place to set up a new colony.
Where Do Ants Nest?
If you have seen ants around your home, you may wonder if you have an infestation. To determine if you have a problem, you can check some of the common areas ants use to nest. These include:
- Wood piles
- Cracks in the pavement
- Inside tree stumps and fallen trees
Inside, ants are usually found behind large appliances, under floors, in and around heating systems, behind walls, and in crawl spaces.
What Attracts Ants to Homes?
Like all pests, ants are constantly searching for food, water, and shelter. They can find food easily when there are crumbs in the kitchen or spills on the floor that have not been cleaned up. To prevent ants from making their way inside, it is important to clean up all food regularly, and to store food in such a way that ants cannot get to it. Ants will also become a problem when there is a water source for them. This water does not have to come from inside the home, but it often comes from leaky outdoor faucets and clogged gutters outside of the home.
Lastly, ants will come inside when they need shelter. Ants are very susceptible to weather conditions. If it becomes too dry, too wet, too hot, or too cold, they will try to enter homes where it is easier for them to survive. It is difficult to prevent ants from entering a home for this reason, but making sure things are kept clean is a very good way to do it.