The ant is one of the most common pests we deal with throughout Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. While they have a biological role to play in nature, ants can quickly become a nuisance when they start invading your home and foraging for food.
There are over 700 ant species across the United States and approximately 25 types that commonly infest homes. In the Southeast, these include:
- Pharaoh ants
- Acrobat ants
- Argentine ants
- Ghost ants
Ants live in colonies that can number as high as 500,000 depending on the species. These insects can enter your home through even the tiniest of cracks, and they do so in search of food and water. If an ant finds a food source inside your home, it will leave a chemical scent trail for other ants to follow, which can lead to an even bigger problem.
Ants can nest almost anywhere in and around your home: on the lawn, in stumps, under the foundation and even in the walls. Ants will eat nearly any type of food substance it can find in your home, but most species are especially attracted to sweet, sugary foods.