Ants are one of the most common pests that we will all encounter at some point or another, whether indoors or outdoors. While it’s impossible to avoid outdoor ants, it’s important to be sure that they cannot make their way inside the home. Once they enter, their colonies can grow to as high as 500,000 members, which makes for a difficult and extensive elimination process. If you are looking for ant prevention or ant control services, we can help.

Types of Ants

There are several types of ants that can invade and infest your home or building, including:

  • Acrobat ants
  • Carpenter ants
  • Argentine ants
  • Fire ants
  • Field ants
  • Allegheny mound ants
  • Pavement ants
  • Harvester ants
  • Pharaoh ants

Winged Ants

Some types of ants will develop wings in the springtime so that they can more easily forage for homes and food. Due to this, they may resemble winged termites. It’s important to be sure that the pest is correctly identified so that the best treatment can be used. If you are unsure, call a professional like the team at Gato Guard to be certain.

Ant Behavior

One of the keys to successful ant control is to understand ant behavior. Ants are social insects, meaning that they live in colonies and have high interaction with others in the group. They each have distinct roles within the colony and they all work together to accomplish the colony’s goals. Ants will often enter a home, building, or the perimeter of the property during their hunt for food or shelter. Sweets and protein-based or greasy foods are their preferred menu, and when they find these foods, they will leave a pheromone trail so that other ants can follow. This means that just one ant can cause an infestation.

Ant Control

Due to the social nature of ants, it’s important to be sure that the entire colony is eliminated as opposed to just those that are visible from the inside or the outside of the home. Do-it-yourself sprays and treatments will often help to get rid of the visible ants, but it proves to be more difficult to get to the root of the problem and ensure that the entire colony has been removed.

Ant Professionals

The best way to ensure that an entire ant colony is taken care of is to call a professional like the team at Gato Guard. Our specially-trained experts have the skills and knowledge to understand how ant colonies function, and therefore how best to eliminate an ant infestation. Call us today to discuss your ant control needs and how we can help.


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