Ants are sneaky and invasive insects that can take over your home before you even realize they are there. There are over 80 different species of ants in New York alone. These ants are not only annoying, but some are able to make you and your family sick or damage your belongings.

If you are struggling with an ant problem in your home, our Albany pest control company is here to help. At Absolute Pest Control, we have over 35 years of experience finding and eliminating ants in this area. We can help you regain control of your home by eradicating all the ants hiding in the deepest and darkest crevices of your home. 

Common Types Of Ants That Plague Albany Homes

Here is a look at the different types of ants that you are most likely to find in your home and how to identify them. 

  • Carpenter Ants: These ants are larger than most at around half an inch in length. They range in color from red to black or a combination of the two and nest in wooden structures. 
  • Odorous House Ants: This is one of the most common types of ants that Albany homeowners find on their property. They typically have black and dark-brown bodies and grow up to an eighth of an inch in length. They love to eat anything sweet and are commonly found in the cupboards and other areas of your kitchen, looking for sugary foods. When crushed, these ants leave behind a foul odor that some describe as smelling like rotten coconuts.
  • Pavement Ants: These ants are also dark brown to black and around an eighth of an inch in length. As their name suggests, these ants are commonly found around sidewalks, roadways, and other paved surfaces. While they prefer to nest in between the cracks of sidewalks, they will come into your home in search of food and water. 

If you see one ant in your home, there is a good chance that more are close by. Ants like to live in large groups and are great at hiding. Many times, they will nest inside of your walls and only come out when they sense there is food around.

The Many Problems Ants Can Cause In Your Home

Most of the ants in this area will eat any food. They can often spread diseases and viruses by contaminating food and kitchen surfaces. When they walk across your food or countertops, they can leave harmful pathogens behind. The longer an ant infestation goes untreated in your home, the more likely you are to suffer health risks.

What's Attracting Ants Into My Home?

When it comes to finding a meal, ants are attracted to almost anything. They eat fruits, vegetables, and meats. They are also extremely attracted to sugary and sweet foods. The food does not have to be new and fresh either. Many ants will climb through your trash and compost piles, looking for any type of rotten fruit or other organic material. 

The best thing you can do to deter ants from your home is to make sure your trash cans are covered with tight-fitting lids and emptied regularly. Also, you should sweep and mop your floors often to eliminate any crumbs or food particles that may have been left behind after a meal.

What's The Best Way To Get The Ants To Go Away?

Trying to get rid of ants in your Albany home on your own can be such a hassle. If you are not sure where the ants are nesting in your home, complete ant control may be impossible. At Absolute Pest Control, we know all the favorite hiding places to check for ants in your home. We have decades of experience locating, identifying, and eliminating the many types of ants that commonly invade Albany homes. Give us a call to schedule a thorough pest inspection today!

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