Ants are highly social insects that live in colonies and depend on each other to survive. They have three distinct body parts, strong jaws, long antennae and segmented legs. Within each colony, the queen and other reproductive members have wings, and they will swarm to mate and establish a new colony.
Common Ants in Indiana
Here in Indiana, some of the more common ants we see include carpenter ants, pharaoh ants, citronella ants and pavement ants. In most cases, ants are not dangerous to people, but they can possibly contaminate your food and spread disease. In addition, carpenter ants can cause severe damage to your home. These ants are often mistaken for termites because they bore into damp wood. Although they don’t eat the wood, the ants can cause structural damage as they tunnel into your home.
Ants in Your Home
Ants can squeeze through the tiniest cracks and will enter your home in search of food and water. Usually, a few workers will scout out the area, and if they find food, they emit pheromones, which act as a call for other ants to enter your home. Ants also emit pheromones when they are wounded, so if you are swatting ants in your home, you may be unintentionally calling more of them to the scene.
Contact Indiana Pest Control
The best way to prevent most ant infestations is to cover up your food and thoroughly clean up any spills. However, if ants have already invaded your home, we can identify the type of ants you are dealing with and eliminate the problem. For a free quote, call us today.