Fighting Ants In Your Home and Yard
With over 12,000 species of ants in the world, all homeowners are bound to see at least one or two ants in their home from time to time. There are numerous types of ants that are found in Massachusetts, including the carpenter, acrobat, odorous house, and pavement ants. Each ant is different; here are some facts about the most common ants in your area.
- Carpenter Ants: These ants are much larger than most other species, worker ants can be up to an inch, and are a dull black color. They have elbowed antennae and strong jaws with pinchers. These ant bites can be painful, but are not poisonous.
- Acrobat Ants: Acrobat ants are usually light brown to black in color and only about an eighth of an inch long. They look for moist wood that is starting to have fungal decay once they have entered a home.
- Odorous House Ants: These ants get their name from the unpleasant odor that is created when a worker ant is crushed. The odor is said to resemble rotten coconuts. These ants are also about an eighth of an inch in size, but are dark brown. They can often be found in walls and floor voids inside a home.
- Pavement Ants: Pavement ants are possibly the most common, and smallest, ants found in Massachusetts. They are only about a tenth of an inch long and vary in color. Outside they can be found under sidewalks and often enter homes through cracks in the foundation.
With numerous types of ants in the area, prevention is key. Just a few simple steps can help prevent an infestation. Be sure to eliminate any standing water from your property and keep tree branches and other plants from coming into contact with your home. Do not keep firewood next to your home and be sure to check your home’s foundation for any cracks or openings. These easy steps can keep your home ant-free for many years to come!