Of all the pests that get into our Tennessee homes, little black ants are one of the most mysterious. You can go to bed one night and wake up the next morning with thousands of these ants all over your couch. You walk into the kitchen and find your entire trash can covered in ants. You can find an ant superhighway going across the threshold between the living room and the kitchen and have absolutely no idea how those tiny creatures got into your house or why they're coming in. Here are the most common questions we hear about these pests.
What kills little black ants? If you're having these ants come into your home by the hundreds or even thousands, this is a legitimate question to ask. The problem is that it takes an education in entomology to know how to effectively eradicate an ant infestation. Improper pest control can actually cause an ant colony to split, thus doubling your problem.
Why are little black ants coming into my house? The simple answer is food. But the question is actually somewhat flawed. If you're seeing little black ants, there is a good chance these ants have been coming into your house for a long time. This is just the first time you're seeing them. So the real question is, "Why am I seeing little black ants?" And, as we already stated, the answer is food. When these insects find a food source, they activate in large numbers to get the food and bring it back to their nest.
What food do little black ants eat? These insects are omnivorous, that is to say, they eat everything. They will eat vegetables, honeydew, sweets, proteins, greasy or oily foods, plant secretions, other insects, and more. They could be coming out of hiding because of an apple core left behind the couch by one of your children. It may be a dish full of pet food that enticed them. It could be popcorn remnants left in the couch after last night’s movie night. There are a lot of things these pests consider food.
What can I do to get rid of them? While there certainly are a few things you can do to prevent or deter little black ants, you're not likely to be able to eradicate these insects on your own. Trained professionals know where to administer baits, what baits to use, how much bait to use, and how to determine whether or not the baits were effective at destroying all colonies present in and around the home.
If you're being driven crazy by little black ants in Tennessee, Russell's Pest Control can help. Of the 22,000 pest control companies in the United States, only 3% are qualified to be designated QualityPro. Russell's Pest Control is proud to be one of them. When it comes to getting rid of little black ants in Tennessee, you can trust Russell's. Every time!