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Ants are Interesting, but Sometimes You Need Newport Ant Control

Of all the creatures in the world, ants are some of the most interesting. Still, if you have a colony invading your home, you likely do not find them as fascinating. Ants are not just a nuisance, but they can cause real damage to a house and other structures. For this reason, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Even the best prevention methods though, sometimes fail. When that is the case, it is important to speak to a Newport ant control company that can help you eliminate the problem.

Interesting Facts About Ants

Each different type of ant has its own set of unique and interesting facts. These facts are too many to list, but some of the more general interesting facts are as follows:

  • Ants are very strong! They can carry up to 50 times their own body weight.
  • Soldier ants live up to their name. Using their heads, they block intruders and prevent them from entering their nest.
  • Ants have a bigger muscle-to-body ratio than humans.
  • Ants have been on the planet longer than humans. Although our ancestors were on Earth six million years ago, ants have been around for over 100 million years.
  • All worker ants are female. Males are used for mating only and once they have, they die.
  • Ants can come together and use their collective brains as one ‘super brain.’
  • Queen ants can live up to thirty years, longer than any other insect!
  • Once a queen dies inside a colony, the rest of the colony will also die.
  • Ants do not have ears. Instead, they ‘hear’ through vibrations around them.
  • For every human on the planet, there are one million ants.

The Damage Ants Cause

As interesting as ants are, they can cause a great deal of damage to your home. Carpenter ants, for example, cause up to $5 billion worth of damage every year within the country. Fire ants, on the other hand, not only deliver very painful bites, but they can also create nests inside of the walls of a home, causing damage to siding and even the foundation of a home.

Of all the ants, carpenter ants are the most destructive and even then, it would take a colony of ants several years to do the same type of damage as other insects, such as termites. Still, when you have an ant problem in your home, the biggest damage you may find is that they can contaminate your food. Ants are ferocious scavengers and will climb in, on, and through any food on your counter, or even in your cupboards, in their search for something to eat. In their wake, they can leave behind several diseases, such as Staphylococcus and even salmonella. 

For all of these reasons, it is important to keep pests out of your home. When you cannot do this, you should call a Newport ant control company as soon as possible.

How to Prevent Ants from Entering Your Home

The best way to deal with ants is to ensure they never enter your home in the first place. Some of the best prevention tips include:

  • Watch for ‘scout ants,’ which are rogue ants that have left their colony in search of food. 
  • Clean up leftover food and dirty dishes as soon as possible once your meal is finished.
  • Clean your floors regularly by sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming so stray food crumbs are also cleaned up quickly.
  • Wipe down frequently touched surfaces quickly, such as counters, tables, and workbenches.
  • Store food in containers that have a strong airtight seal, so ants are not able to access it.
  • Seal off anything that could provide entrance into your home, such as cracks around windows, doors, and the foundation.
  • Clean up ant trails that are already in your home, as they contain pheromones that will act as a beacon to other ants.

Unfortunately, even the best prevention tactics do not always work. When you have tried everything and still have a problem, call a Newport ant control company that can help.

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Ants are very interesting but when you have a problem in your home, it is still natural that you want to get rid of it right away. At Pointe Pest Control, our Newport ant control specialists will identify the type of ant you are dealing with so we can eliminate it effectively so you can take back your home once again. Call us today at (458) 219-8122 to request a quote and to learn more about our ant control solutions.

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