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What Every Southern Maine Homeowner Should Know About Ant Control

An ant or two scurrying across your kitchen floor today can easily become a 300,000-strong colony tomorrow, eating through your stored food, contaminating your home, and, if you're unlucky enough to have carpenter ants, destroying your house.

Ants multiply quickly, cause damage even quicker, and have been a pain for homeowners in Southern Maine since people started living in the area.

In nature, ants serve a very important purpose. They are, for lack of a better phrase, nature's janitors. Ants feed on dead animals and waste products, helping them decompose faster, enriching the soil, and preventing diseases.

Ants aerate the soil as they tunnel and keep the numbers of the population of insects around them in check. Ants even help pollinate certain flowers, and carpenter ants, the scourge of many homeowners, help dead trees decompose faster and, by doing so, prevent forest fires.

Unfortunately, the same skills that make ants such useful insects out in the wild turn them into a nightmare for Maine homeowners.

Let's look at what types of ants are common in Southern Maine, a few ant prevention tips, how to get rid of ants if they've already made their way into your home, and if prevention and DIY approaches don't do the trick, where to find top-notch pest control in Southern Maine to get ants out of your home.

The Many Types Of Ants That Can invade Your Home

Ants are one of the world's most populous types of insects, with over 12,500 species discovered thus far. They live on every continent besides Antarctica and have adapted to an extreme variety of environments over the millennia of their existence.

As varied as they are, all ants share these common features:

  • Large heads and compound eyes
  • Powerful mandibles
  • Legs with three joints each and a claw on the end that helps them climb
  • Ability to secrete a type of antibiotic fluid to help ants deal with diseases
  • A body that's covered in an exoskeleton, allowing them to withstand pressures many dozen times its body weight

Thankfully, only a few ant species show any interest in sharing their homes with humans, and living in Southern Maine; you're likely to run into the following culprits attempting to set up camp in your house:

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Do Ants In My Home Mean It's Dirty?

Ants are omnivorous and, in nature, will feed on tree sap, honeydew, dead animal and animal waste, fungus, insects, and even each other. In our homes, just about any food humans eat will attract them, from meat left out in the open to sweets, grains, or sugary drinks.

A cluttered house will allow them more places to stay hidden, but in general, ants gravitate to a home for three simple reasons; food, moisture, and a place to build a nest. 

A leaking pipe in your crawl space, a crack in your door screen, and easy access to food can be all it takes to turn the cleanest home into a home with an ant infestation.

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