If you take pleasure in kicking off the sunny summer season with a Memorial Day barbecue, you’re not alone. People all across the country take part in this annual tradition. Sadly, many of their events will have uninvited and unwelcome guests: ants. Fortunately, Capitol Pest can help you thwart these pests.
Tips for Identifying Ants
How can you tell if the insects invading your space are ants? Although there are more than 10,000 species of ants and their appearance can vary slightly depending on the exact species, ants aren’t especially hard to recognize. These six-legged insects are normally black, brown, yellow or reddish in color. Ants have amazing strength for their size, and their large heads feature elbowed antennae and strong jaws. Their bodies have narrow waists, and they are generally somewhere between 2 millimeters and 25 millimeters in length.
What an Ant Wants
When humans encounter ants, it is often because the ants are on the hunt for food or moisture. Scavengers, their natural diet typically includes seeds, nectar, fungi and dead insects. However, these persistent pests are quite willing to expand their menu and chow down on a wide array of human foods. They will quickly grab the opportunity to feast on sugar, cheese, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables, meats and grease. In fact, their desire for food is the main reason that ants attempt to raid picnics, backyard barbecues, kitchens and pantries.
Enjoying Your Outdoor Living Space Without Worry
Even the most avid nature lovers don’t want to share their plate with ants; contaminated food is no one’s idea of fun. In fact, most people would be fairly unhappy to find these insects crawling on them, and they certainly don’t want to take a chance on being bitten. Whether you want to entertain your friends with an outdoor meal, kick back in a deck chair while the kids play tag or splash in the pool, destress with a little outdoor yoga practice, or simply relax in a hammock under the stars, it’s easier to enjoy your outdoor living space if you don’t have to worry about ants. Fortunately, the right combination of techniques and products can effectively control ants. When you want to reclaim your yard, a knowledgeable pest control professional is a crucial ally.
Since 1936, Capitol Pest has proudly served the people of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Our highly trained team, which includes an entomologist, always works diligently to provide top-quality pest control services that protect you from the hazards of unwanted pests. We’re fully prepared to assist you with all of your pest control needs. Contact Capitol Pest today to request a free quote.