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Tennessee is home to many types of ants. Ants are social insects that live and work together in large groups. Though ants can take over our properties in large numbers and contaminate food sources, most aren't a significant threat to our property or health. However, Columbia, TN and the surrounding area, is home to the carpenter ant and the fire ant, two species of dangerous ants. The carpenter ant causes structural damage by nesting inside pieces of wood. The fire ant poses health risks. Fire ants are aggressive ants that deliver painful, venom-filled stings; their presence can make it impossible for you to enjoy your outdoor space. 

One of the biggest reasons that any ant species becomes a problem on our properties is because they have discovered reliable food sources. Like people, ants are omnivores, and our trash, outdoor eating areas, pet food, and gardens will attract these pests. Once ants learn that food is available, persuading them to leave is difficult. The best way to remove ants from your property is with the help of a pest control expert. 

Ant Prevention Tips: Seal any cracks, crevices, or gaps you discover in your home's exterior to block entry points. It is also essential to take away their access to food and water. Keep lids on trash cans, pick up uneaten pet food, practice proper food storage, and regularly vacuum, mop, and wipe down surfaces. Repair leaky pipes and fixtures, and remove water-damaged or decaying wood in or around your home. For effective ant control solutions, call today!