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Common Ants in Indianapolis, And How They Affect You

April 19, 2016

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If you've ever had questions about ants in Indianapolis, then you have come to the right place. The three main types of ants found in our area are pavement ants, odorous house ants, and carpenter ants. Pavement ants are tiny brown to black ants that are usually found beneath concrete slabs, but are notorious for getting into homes. Odorous house ants are small and shiny, and they emit a pungent odor when crushed. They are also common inside Midwestern homes. Carpenter ants are large and black, and are a threat to homes because of their wood-destroying burrowing.

Will these ants hurt you?

It is possible for some types of ants to bite, but these bites are typically not dangerous enough to warrant a trip to the hospital.

Can ants hurt your home?

Yes, but only if they are carpenter ants. Most ants simply enter your home through tiny gaps or cracks that already exist, but carpenter ants create new tunnels through wood which causes millions of dollars in property damage each year in the United States. Also, it is worth mentioning that odorous house ants might not do damage as carpenter ants can, but they can cause quite a stink if they are left to multiply.

Can ants make you sick?

Well, aside from the sight of ants all over your home making you sick to your stomach, ants can and do spread harmful bacteria, since they will walk around in garbage and sewage areas, then walk around on your countertops and food. They do not, however, carry diseases inside them, like some other harmful pests do.

Is there any way to get rid of ants using do-it-yourself methods?

The answer to this question is yes, and no. DIY methods of controlling ants are usually only partially successful. You can get rid of a number of ants using over the counter products and DIY strategies. The problem is they keep coming back! Ants breed quickly and they will simply split their colonies when their populations are threatened, which ends with you having even more ants to deal with.

So what can you do if your home has been infested with ants?

If you are seeing pavement ants, odorous house ants, or carpenter ants in and around your Indianapolis home, the only way to get rid of them safely and completely is with the help of professional pest control. Here at Action Pest Control, we have 68 years of experience, over 70 state-certified pest management professionals, and we are QualityPro certified. We can take care of any kind of ants you may be dealing with, along with any other type of household pest. You don't have to live with ants in your home. Let the professionals here at Action Pest Control help.



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