Ant on a stick at sunset


  • Scientific Name: Formicidae
  • Length: Typically 0.2" - 0.5"
  • Color: Black, Brown & Red
  • Aggressive? No
  • Do They Bite? Some types may
  • Poisonous/Venomous? No
  • Disease Carrying? No
  • Invasive Species? Some

What Attracts Ants?

Typically speaking, ants most commonly will come into your home when basic sanitation methods are not met inside of a kitchen. Common examples are not properly cleaning up spills, leaving sugar or other easy foods on the counter for extended periods of time, crumbs on the floor, and trash not being emptied on a regular basis. Ants are also attracted to your home if you have plants and other types of shrubbery near your walls, which can then lead them in to venture on the inside as well through small cracks and openings near doorways into your home.

Ants on a stick

Living Spaces

Ants can live in a plethora of places, including inside of wood structures in and around your home, lawn, stumps, and even can burrow underneath foundations in your home.

Diet Choices

Packaged human foods, sugar, sweet and grease are all great choices for ants to come and snack on.


Worker ants can live up to 7 years, and queens can surpass 15+ years as well.

How Do We Remove Them?

Once you give McMahon Exterminating a call in Evansville, Indiana we will bring a trained technician out to discover the issue and infestation, identify and develop a unique solution to your problem as every home and infestation is unique as some might require different or more intensive methods depending on the severity and location.

We remove them by discovering where they are nesting to get rid of the nest, if there are multiple nests we will need to further analyze and close off spaces that the ants are entering to help deter them from entering the home.

It is important to remember when dealing with large infestations near the home that one simple treatment will most likely not solve the issue in a lot of cases, instead, we will need to assess and monitor the situation as it evolves because ants might find newer entry points or might be resilient depending on the type of ant we are dealing. With McMahon's C.A.N. initiative and our three easy steps — Canvas the area, Act on those results and Negate re-entry for the pest.

Home Remedy Tips For Detering and Removing These Pests

  • Many home "remedies" that are sold in stores do not tackle the issue properly. Spray's only kill the visible ants, and do not effect the colony as a whole, and as such will be a continuing battle between you and the ants.
  • Instead, just opt to try to clean more around the kitchen and other areas where food is actively present. Getting airtight containers for pantries, doing the dishes and taking out the trash more frequently will also detract ants and eventually will leave in search of other food sources.
  • Make sure when moving plants indoors for the winter that you look to see if they have an ant infestation in them, if so, you might be allowing an entire colony into your home which is something you do not want to allow.