Ants in Connecticut come in a variety of sizes and colors from black, brown, red, or yellow. Ants range in size from1/16 up to 1/2 inch, like the most destructive carpenter ant.
Most ants found in Connecticut are not very aggressive, but some can sting. For the most part, ants are a beneficial animal, the will eat moths and silverfish. It’s when ants invade your home that they can become a nuisance.
In Connecticut, house invading ants include: the little black ant, the odorous house ant, the pharaoh ant, the thief ant, and the wood destroying carpenter ant. The carpenter ant is the largest ant species that resides in Connecticut. It can cause structural damage to your home or business as they eat through and tunnel through wood to make room for the nests they live in. A telltale sign that you have carpenter ants in Connecticut is sawdust.
If you have an ant infestation in your home or business in Connecticut it most likely is due to them searching and finding a food source in your dwelling. Scouting ants are sent out by the ant colony to search for food. Ants are attracted to sugary and greasy foods, like crumbs and peanut butter. Once these ant scouts successfully find a viable food source in your home or business they send out a pheromone scent trail for the other ants in the colony to follow, and the infestation begins.
Here is a list of some things you can do in order to help prevent an ant infestation in Connecticut:
- Always cleanup and remove any food and water/liquids
- Store all food, such as, cereals, sugar, and dry dog/cat food in air-tight containers
- Kitchen countertops should be clean
- Always sweep or vacuum the floor taking special attention to areas around pet bowls
- Rinse any food containers before putting them in the garbage or recycling bin
- Seal any cracks in your foundation where ants may enter
- If you have a compost bin keep it away from your dwelling
- You may also flood outside ant nests with a garden house or pour boiling water with detergent down the nest to temporarily lower the size of the colony