There are several types of ants that invade Long Island businesses and homes; some are simply nuisance pests, others can cause major structural damage. Some ants have unique odors that let you know they are in your residence. Sometimes ants are seasonal pests, but in some cases they can cause year-round headaches for Long Island property owners. Ants generally nest outdoors; their nests can be found underground, under mulch, in woodpiles, in hollow logs, and in other similar areas. Most ant species live in large social groups and work together to ensure the survival of the ant colony. Worker ants will leave the colony and forage for food. During this process, it is common for ants to make their way inside of a home. They will enter Nassau County dwellings through cracks in the foundation, underneath doors, and through gaps found around windows. Once inside, they will feed on and contaminate any food that they can find, and will continue to do so until the source runs out or they are exterminated. Ants that are attracted to sweets are referred to as Sugar Ants. Sweet eating ants include carpenter ants, acrobats ants, little black ants, cornfield ants, pavement ants, pharaoh ants and odorous house ants. It is also possible that they will create a satellite nest in your home in the spaces behind walls, behind baseboards, or underneath the floor. It is very common to think the Do It Yourself ant control products that can be purchased at hardware stores will be effective; unfortunately, this is not the case. They may work on the few that you see roaming around your kitchen, but they do nothing for the thousands of ants that may be living behind your homes walls, or nesting in your yard. To truly get rid of an ant infestation in your home, a professional ant control exterminator should be contacted. For help with ants that have invaded your home and property, contact the Long Island ant control & ant extermination professionals at DQ Pest Control today!