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Ant Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Ants In Brighton, MI

Ants are small insects that frequently trail through Brighton, Michigan, homes. The experts at First Choice Pest Control have created this pest guide to help you gain a better understanding of ants, so you can better guard your home against these pests. The more you know about these tiny invaders, the better equipped you will be to keep them away from your family’s indoor and outdoor spaces.

What are ants?

Ants are a type of pest that almost every homeowner will have the displeasure of dealing with at one time or another. These social insects live in large colonies; if you spot ants roaming around your indoor or outdoor space, know there are hundreds or thousands more nearby you aren't seeing.

We identify ants by their three distinct body parts: head, thorax, and abdomen, as well as their thin “waist” and six legs. Reproductive ants are winged, but most ants in a colony lack wings. Individual species are identified by their color, size, and shape. Identifying specific species of ants can be tricky, but most have a descriptive name that can help.

The ants most common in our region include carpenter ants and a variety of sugar ants, including black ants and odorous house ants. 

  • Carpenter ants gained their descriptive name because they tunnel through pieces of wood to create nesting sites. 
  • As you have probably guessed, black ants are little black ants. They're generally very small, from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long.
  • Odorous house ants emit a potent rotten-coconut-like odor when they are crushed. 

To accurately identify the ants on your property, always reach out to an experienced pest professional.

Are ants dangerous?

Depending on their species, ants do have the potential to be dangerous. In general, ants are nuisance pests; they invade in large numbers, contaminate food, and are annoying to deal with, but they don’t cause significant harm to people or structures.

Dangerous ants are those species that do have the ability to cause harm. The carpenter ant is an example of a dangerous ant. Carpenter ants can cause costly structural damage when they decide to nest in our homes. They typically like to create their nests inside pieces of structural wood that are damp or decaying. A carpenter ant infestation can indicate a moisture problem inside your home.

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