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Types of Ants in Virginia - How to Prevent Them

Ants crawling on leaves

One of the most important rooms in your home is the kitchen! From packing lunches and chasing kids out the door to the bus stop in the morning, chatting with spouses over a glass of wine, or enjoying family dinners around the table, the kitchen is really the centerpiece of your home. Don't let something as small as an ant cause a big problem!

Ants are some of the most pervasive pests in Northern Virginia, and it's not uncommon to discover them trailing through kitchen cabinets, countertops, family rooms, bathrooms, and other areas in the home where moisture and food exist. 

Types Of Ants In Northern Virginia

An ant problem can seem small, but a colony can be made up of over 300,000 ants in and around your home. This is why it's crucial to identify and treat the problem as soon as possible. Our pest control technicians are experts at identifying the source and extent of your infestation, no matter what species of ants are plaguing you.

Argentine Ants

argentine ants on leaf

Argentine ant colonies can grow to monumental size. Their colony borders sometimes cover entire habitats. Argentine ant queens also assist with foraging for food. The ant gives off a musty odor when crushed. Worker argentine ants are about one sixteenth of an inch long. Queen argentine ants are one eighth of an inch to one quarter of an inch long.

Caribbean Crazy Ants

dead crazy ants

Caribbean crazy ants get their common name from the worker’s habit of running in an erratic, jerky manner when searching for food.

Carpenter Ants

carpenter ants

Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. Carpenter ants range in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen.

Odorous House Ants

odorous house ant

The odorous house ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long.

Pavement Ants

fuzzy pavement ant

Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. They can infest structures.

Red Imported Fire Ants

red fire ant

Red imported fire ants nest in soil and build mound nests. They can infest garages.

How To Prevent Ants From Entering Your Home

Widely recognized as the top nuisance pest in America, ants are likely to make an appearance in many homes around the country this summer. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages homeowners to take proactive steps to reduce the likelihood of seeing ants crawling across the kitchen counter in the coming weeks.

Specifically, experts from the NPMA recommend the following tips:

  • Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately
  • Keep food in sealed containers and dispose of garbage regularly
  • Keep pet food and water dishes clean and remove any spilled food
  • Seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home with silicone caulk
  • Repair holes or gaps in window and door screens
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows
  • Keep tree branches and other shrubs well-trimmed and away from the house
  • If you see signs of an ant infestation in the home, contact a licensed pest professional promptly.

Don't waste precious time and resources on temporary solutions to your next ant infestation. 

Make ant problems a thing of the past!