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What Rhode Island Residents Might Be Missing

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If you're a native of Rhode Island, you've probably seen an ant. In fact, you've probably seen an ant this week. You may have even seen that ant inside your home. Ants are incredibly versatile creatures. They can climb walls, walk across ceilings, squeeze in through tiny cracks, and appear in places you'd never expect. Sometimes they even appear in startling quantities. But usually they can be taken care of with a bottle of soapy water--well, at least temporarily. Let's take a look at what you may be missing if you're a resident of Rhode Island.

Ant infestations can rear their ugly heads in many different ways. Here are a few common scenarios:

  • You might have a spot next to the front door, or on the porch, where you leave your garbage for short periods, and notice that tiny ants are crawling around on the floor there.
  • You might notice a stream of tiny ants going across a divider strip between the kitchen and the living room.
  • You may walk into your living room and find the couch covered in ants, and trace a line of them back to an area under your baseboards.
  • You might walk into your garage and find them covering a trash can.
  • You might just see one big ant, every once in a while, crawling around somewhere inside your house.

Yep, there are lots of ways you'll see an ant infestation.

What do you do when you find ants? If you're like most people, you'll get some soapy water and start cleaning. You may even grab the vacuum cleaner and start by sucking them up. These tactics make sense. They will actually take care of those ants specifically pretty quickly. But this is only a surface solution. The soapy water removes the pheromone scent the ants were using to find whatever food source they found and the vacuum removes them. This will significantly reduce the number of ants appearing in that particular spot. But, if you don't address the colony that sent them or seal the entry points, you're sure to get more ants.

If you're only getting a large ant every now and again, you may be tempted to shrug it off. After all, this is a whole lot better than having a thousand ants, right? Actually, not so much. If you have a few random ants that are big, black, and possibly a reddish tint, you have carpenter ants. These are not ants you want to shrug off. Carpenter ants can do a lot of damage to your home if left untreated because they damage the wood that is in your home and it's framework.

If you live in Rhode Island, and you're seeing ants, Big Blue Bug Solutions can help you determine what kind of ants they are, find the colony that sent them into your home, and get rid of the problem at its source. That is the secret to fighting ants in Rhode Island. Give us a call today and get in on the secret and start winning the fight against ants!