We don't usually spend too much time thinking about ants--until it is hard to not think about them. When you walk into your kitchen and see your trash can covered from top to bottom in ants, that is a problem that is hard to ignore. When you go into your pantry and find a few hundred ants crawling all over your shelves, those ants will be all you think about, until they're gone. When you feel a burning sensation on your foot, followed by another, and another and another--well, you get the point. Ants can be a pain, quite literally. Here are five ants you are most likely to see on your Knoxville property.
These ants crawl in the garbage, on dead animals in the yard, and on other dirty things then they crawl around on counters, food prep surfaces, plates and other items. They'll also crawl around on exterior grills. When they do, they can spread illness. Studies link these ants to over 12 infectious organisms.
Odorous House Ants
Having these ants around stinks. These ants love to get into homes and when they do, they can cause a nasty odor. But, most of the time, it isn't the odor that makes these ants a problem. Like most ants, they are a nuisance when they appear in large numbers.
These little homewreckers are surprisingly sneaky. They can establish themselves in a home, and chew away at it for months, without being detected. This is because carpenter ants often feed on outside food sources, rather than the food in cabinets and pantries.
Little Black Ants
You may mistake these ants for carpenter ants because of their black coloring, but you shouldn't. Little black ants are quite a bit smaller compared to carpenter ants. A little black ant measures in at about 1/16 of an inch--compared to the 1/4 - 1/2 inch size of a typical carpenter ant worker. It is important to tell the difference because little black ants are just a nuisance. Unlike the carpenter ant, they do not have the capability to destroy your home.
If you use your backyard for anything, fire ants can ruin your fun. They build their mounds all over the place and inflict irritating stings to anyone who accidentally steps in the wrong place. This can be a serious threat to those who cannot get away quickly from their stings, like babies in carriers, the infirm and the elderly.
If you live in Knoxville and you're having trouble with ants, don't worry. Russell's Pest Control has industry-leading solutions for all of the ant problems we have here in Tennessee. Contact us today for a free in-home pest evaluation and let's get that ant problem fixed. Ant issues may be common in Knoxville, but they're not inevitable. Get immediate assistance today.