Black Ants in my house

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Black Ants in my house

Black ants are typical throughout the entire planet and even though their breeding grounds are outside they are frequently encountered inside of homes creating a major problem. Black ants are communal insects and exist in colonies consisting of worker ants (females that are not fertile), males, queens, and grubs. Ants breed on the wing, which makes a flying ant either a male or a premature queen.

You will encounter ant burrows in dry soil surrounding plant roots, especially in areas where the soil is grainy. An ideal area for queens to begin a colony is the sand utilized in home substructures, courtyards, and garden walkways. Breeding grounds are being discovered more and more inside of walls of buildings. Once a colony is established, it can be very hard to eradicate.

Ants which are discovered inside are normally worker ants. They are inside your home searching for sources of nourishment for the queen and the larvae. Ants have identified occupied buildings as ideal sources of supplies, especially food that is sugar-coated.

Worker ants are foragers and gather seeds, nectar, and even deceased bugs to bring back with them to their burrows. They consume insects such as green aphids, blackfly, and other tiny insects. One good thing about black ants is that they do not pass along any threatening diseases. Regardless, be cognizant that all ants walk through unclean and unattractive areas while searching for food and prior to gaining access into your home. Because of this, ants can contaminate your food.

Don’t allow food to sit on your kitchen counters without being covered. If you see black ants on your food, wrap it up and throw it away. Black ants do bite and when they do they defensively eject formic acid which can be irritating to those with hypersensitive skin.

Getting rid of ants is very tough. If you have a large ant infestation and you have the financial ability, hiring an exterminator can be one option. A lot of people are turning to natural insect repellants as a “green” option for eliminating ants and various other insects.

By: Bradley Skierkowski