Why are there Ants all Over my Kitchen?

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They have written songs through the years about ants marching but when those ants go marching into your kitchen, you have a problem on your hands. Here in Nashville and the surrounding areas in Middle Tennessee, ants are most active between the months of March and October, although you may encounter them year round due to the temperate climate. Not to worry … Ameri Care Services is here to share what you should do if you find ants marching through your kitchen.

Get the facts on ants

Ants are social insects that exist in large colonies. Each ant in a colony performs a certain role, whether that means defending the nest, searching for food or, in the case of the queen, producing the eggs that allow the colony to reproduce. Colonies also include winged ants called swarmers that fly off and create new ant colonies in new locations.

How to deter ants in your kitchen

You are most likely to experience the ants who forage in your kitchen. You might see a single ant or two, which are called scouts, or a line of foraging ants moving through your kitchen in unison. This line of ants is what’s known as a trail. Ants can pop up in your kitchen in any season, especially in areas with temperate climates like Middle Tennessee. Home remedies only do so much when it comes to preventing or eliminating ants. That is why professional pest control is the superior choice.

What type of ants might you encounter in your home?

  • Acrobat ants: One of the smaller species of ants, these ants can be one of an assortment of different colors and can maneuver their abdomen above their body.
  • Carpenter ants:  These ants consume wood and wooden structures in a similar manner to termites. They are dark brown or black and range in length between an ⅛ and ½ of an inch.
  • Odorous house ants: If you encounter this type of ant, you will know it. These ants emit a foul-smelling odor when they are crushed.
  • Pavement ants: These are dark brown or black in color, approximately ⅛ of an inch long and like to form nests in the area of driveways or sidewalks.
  • Fire ants: Of all these ant species, fire ants are the only ones that are hazardous to humans. These reddish ants have a painful bite and a stinger at the rear of their body that can sting repeatedly.

Year-round pest control in Nashville and Murfreesboro in middle Tennessee

Your best protection against an invasion of ants into your kitchen is to receive year-round pest control treatments from a professional pest control company like Ameri Care Services. Our year-round customers receive treatments every quarter to help keep bugs out of your home and eliminate any that do happen to infiltrate. To find out more about these year-round plans or any of our pest control services, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced technicians today by calling (615) 893-7111 or contact us online.