How to Get Rid of Summer Ants

During the warmer months of summer, one of the most common insects to see crawling around is the typical summer ant. They are known to be one of the most common nuisance pests in American and right in your O’Fallon Illinois home. These summer ants typically don’t carry many diseases, they can be quite difficult to get rid of and can easily take over someone’s living spaces, kitchens, or other parts of your home. During the summer, these intruders can run freely around your home, especially when trying to find their next food source.

Summer Ants

Summer Ants

Although most homeowners are quite familiar with ants, some may not know that there are several common species of ants that have taken over houses all over the United States. With more than 700 different species living in the United States, it is quite crucial to know the different kinds that you may be facing. It is also in very good practice to know which ants that you are dealing with and how to take care of them properly.

Carpenter Ants

These ants house their name from their ability to excavate wood and form smooth tunnels through different structures. Carpenter ants don’t eat wood, but they do tunnel and chew through it to build their homes. These ants do pose a threat to homeowners since they do cause structural damage. Carpenter ants also have powerful jaws and can also bite.

Odorous House Ants

When these specific ants are killed, you’ll likely be able to smell this ant due to the strong, rotten coconut-like scent that they do give off. Odorous house ants are also very determined pests and will use branches or plants outside of your home to climb inside. Once they are indoors, they will nest near different moisture sources and inside wood damaged by termites.

Summer Ants

Black Ants

Black ants are named for their appearance. They are scavengers that will feed on a different variety of sugary or fatty foods including candy, fruit, grease, oil, and even meats. From their small size, their nests tend to also be small and therefore difficult to locate. They will typically nest in wall voids and decaying wood. These ants however have stingers, but they are also too small and weak to pose any other health threats.

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