Eeek! You may not say this out loud, but you definitely think it when you discover a group of ants crawling around in your home. After screaming, your first instinct may be to start stomping or squishing the ant invasion or breaking out an aerosol and spraying them to death.
That may sound like a good idea at first and may kill the ants you’ve seen, but chances are, if you spotted a small group of ants in your home, there’s hundreds or even thousands of ants that you DON’T see that you should worry about.
Ants marching into your home is a clear indication that there is a nest nearby with an entire colony of ants who have targeted your home for food and water and the small number that you saw may not be the last time you encounter them indoors. If you want to prevent having a flew blown infestation of ants taking over your home, it’s better to spot signs of an infestation early and put a stop to ants before things get out of control.
Below you will find 5 telltale signs that you may have an ant problem. Take note of these evidences and take the proper precautions to protect your home.
1. Large Lines of Ants
You may have heard the children’s song which contains the lyrics, “The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah.” It sounds happy and cheerful, but it’s not when you witness it first hand! When there is a serious ant infestation present, the colony will send out worker ants to go on a scavenger hunt for food, typically in our around your home.
When the foraging ants discover some food, these ant scouts lay out a pheromone to alert the other worker ants waiting in the colony that they’ve hit the jackpot and to come on over. These ants will then follow a precise ant trail that contains the pheromone which leads them right to the food source.
Ants also love moisture so if there is dampness in your home, an undried spill or a leak, they will travel in search of water to drink as well.
If you spot a line of dozens of ants marching one behind the other, they know exactly where they are going–either toward food or back to their nest bringing the food home. If you spot this queue of ants marching around in your bathroom or kitchen, you may have a big ant problem on your hands that won’t be gone with just one spraying or a stomp-a-thon.
2. Large Ant Mounds
You may walk through your yard one day and not see anything out of the ordinary but then a week later, boom! A big ugly ant mound has just appeared. Aside from being an eyesore on a nice uniform lawn (since it looks like a pile of dirt), this is a clear signal of a concerning ant infestation. What is worse is if you find multiple ant mounds on your property because that means that the colony has gotten so big that they’ve had to branch out and build another nest to house the ever-growing population!
Another major worry is if you find an ant mound inside of your home! That’s right, on occasion ants can build an ant mound inside of your home, usually within a dark secluded wall void if the conditions are right for them to set up shop.
Some homeowners decide to destroy the mound or break it some sort of way. We’d advise against doing that (unless you do so using one of our selected insecticides) because they’ll just get angry and ready to bite and will rebuild soon enough.
3. Ants Surrounding Exposed Food
If you’re not used to ant problems, you may be shocked to suddenly see ants totally mobbing any food that you may leave out in the open. Whether it is some leftovers you forgot to put away or your kids dropped a crumb or chip, or your pet’s food dish hasn’t been cleaned, ants will appear in droves and will be crawling all over even the tiniest morsel of food if you have an infestation.
Ants are not picky and will eat practically anything that has been left out. This is actually a reason why baiting has been so effective in killing indoor ant invasions because by cleaning up your home really well and not leaving food out and then laying out bait as the only “food source” available to the ants, they won’t resist grabbing it and taking the food back to their nest to share amongst the colony.
In general though, it is important to not leave food out and keep them in seal airtight containers or place food in the fridge.
4. Ants With Wings
It can be odd to see an ant that we’re used to seeing crawling around have large wings, but it isn’t a deformity or phenomenon. Winged ants are reproductive ants and if you happen to see one in or around your home, it should be a cause for concern. Winged swarmer ants (also known as alates) only leave the colony for one reason only: to mate.
Created by the queen and nourished by the worker ants, the reproductive ant gets their wings when they are fully developed so they can leave the nest and fly around looking to swarm and expand the colony further.
In other words, if you see a winged ant flying around, this means that there is already a large infestation of ants nearby and they’re looking to get even bigger.
5. Wood shavings
Aside from the average ant species, there is another species of ant that brings an entirely different set of worrying issues: carpenter ants. As their name states, these ants are buildings and like to use wood to build their nests, similar to termites. When they burrow into wood, they leave behind little wood shavings that look similar to saw dust. If you happen to notice wood particles when cleaning up, then it may possibly the work of this ant species.
Carpenter ants also like to live in the walls and because they are most active at night, if you listen closely you may even hear them making a soft rustling noise. This is the sound of the ants at work burrowing away and destroying your wood.
Protect Your Home Against Ants
If you have noticed any of these signs, it may be safe to say you have an ant problem that will need to be addressed before things get worse. This is where we can help. Whether you need to address an ant infestation inside or outside your house, you can eliminate your ant problem once and for all with the help of our easy-to-use DIY products.
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