Ants Marching One-By-One Into HomesNPMA Staff
Thursday, March 24, 2011
By NPMA Staff
If ants are marching one-by-one into your home, you are not
alone. More than 20 different varieties of ants are known to
take refuge in homes, schools and businesses. There are more than
700 species of ants in the U.S. and about two dozen types are
Odorous house ants, which commonly nest in basements, crawl
spaces and adjacent structures. The ant gives off a pungent odor
when crushed, which is the source of its name.
pavement ant is found on both the East and West coasts and is
aptly named for its habit of nesting under pavement.
- Native to Argentina,
fire ants, an invasive, predatory species, gained their bad
reputation by instantly attacking any animal or human unfortunate
enough to stumble upon their mound-type nest.
Carpenter ants are another aggressive species of ant found
across the country. These wood-destroying insects hollow out wood
for nesting, causing costly property damage.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA),
ants are the number one pest problem for which homeowners rely on
professional advice and solutions.
The NPMA offers the following preventative measures for keeping
ants out of the home:
- Seal cracks and crevices around foundations that allow entry
from the outside as well as cracks and crevices inside the
- Store sugar, syrup, honey and other sweets in closed containers
and wipe the outside of the containers to eliminate any sticky
- Dispose of trash regularly to prevent ants from becoming a
- Thoroughly clean up grease and spills.
- Inspect potted plants inside the home for signs of nesting and
remove the plants at the first sign of an infestation.
- Rinse out empty soft-drink containers and store them away from
- Reduce moisture in and around structures that may be attractive
to ants by repairing leaking hose bibs and other supply lines,
downspouts, drain lines and air conditioner condensate lines.