The Ant Kingdom of East Tennessee


Nestled in the mountainous East Tennessee lies a hidden world of ants, buzzing with diversity. From the Great Smoky Mountains to the rolling hills and fertile valleys, this area is home to a plethora of ant species, each with its own unique adaptations and ecological roles.

Native Ant Species

East Tennessee boasts a rich variety of native ant species, showcasing the region’s diverse ecosystems. Some common native ant species include:

a) Argentine Ants: These small, light-brown ants are known for their extensive colonies. They typically nest near moisture sources and are often found in kitchens or bathrooms.

b) Fire Ants: Recognizable by their reddish-brown color, fire ants are known for their painful bites. They build large mounds in lawns, gardens, and other outdoor areas.

c) Carpenter Ants: These larger ants are black or dark brown and have a reputation for damaging wooden structures. They often nest in decaying wood, posing a threat to homes.

Some species, like the pharaoh ant, carry diseases. Other than the ants that transmit disease, sting, and destroy, most ants are just a nuisance. They contaminate food meaning you must dispose of it. And they’re difficult to get rid of on your own.

Ants play vital roles in East Tennessee’s ecosystems, contributing to nutrient cycling, seed dispersal, and overall ecosystem health. They are known for their effective pest control abilities, controlling populations of harmful insects and scavenging on organic matter. Although they do assist in controlling other populations in the outside world, we aren’t crazy about them taking over our living, relaxing, or eating areas! We can help you by maintaining your home or business.

How can these small insects make such a large impact?

Besides the irritation of getting bites and watching ants crawl all over your family’s cookout dishes, ants can make an expensive mess of your home and patio areas as well.

Carpenter ants deserve a blog of their own and we’ll surely deliver one. Carpenter ants and termites can be detrimental to your homes, porches, barns.. anything made from wood! To prevent major damage, be sure to have your structures inspected once a year!

When ants start digging up soil between pavers, it can ruin the look of your patio, paths and driveways. Left long enough, their excavations will start to undermine your pavers, causing pavers to sink and wobble – potentially unsafe and definitely more expensive to fix!

Unfortunately, even after the methodical application of insecticides, your ant free yard will be particularly attractive to other ants in the neighborhood. So if your house is in an area of high ant activity, regular treatments may be required to prevent more ants moving in.

Say Goodbye to Ant Infestations: Effective Pest Control Solutions

We aim to provide you with helpful guidance on pest control, ant infestations can be a real nuisance.. but don’t worry! We’re here to help you understand the common types of ants in the area and provide effective solutions to rid your home of these unwelcome guests. The first step in effective pest control is knowing your enemy, where they like to nest and what they like to eat!

Prevention Techniques

To prevent ant infestations, it’s essential to take proactive measures. Here are some helpful prevention techniques:

l Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for any cracks or openings and seal them. Ants can enter through even the tiniest gaps, so pay attention to windows, doors, and utility openings.

l Eliminate Food Sources: Keep your kitchen clean and free of crumbs, spills, and food debris. Store food in airtight containers and promptly clean up any spills.

l Remove Clutter: Clutter provides ideal hiding spots for ants. Regularly de-clutter your home, paying attention to areas such as basements, attics, and storage spaces.

When dealing with ant infestations, you can start with some do-it-yourself methods by using these tips. Homeowners who want to see fewer ants in or near their home might opt for a store-bought, DIY ant control spray to solve their problem. However, these sprays can contain chemicals that are harmful to children, pets,or other insects that were not their intended target.

If you have an infestation that persists or becomes overwhelming, it’s best to call in the experts. Professional pest control services have the knowledge, experience, and specialized treatments to effectively eliminate ant infestations. They can also provide long-term prevention strategies tailored to your home.


Dealing with ant infestations in the Southeastern region can be a challenge, but with the right knowledge and proactive measures, you can successfully control and eliminate them. Remember, prevention is key, don’t hesitate to reach out to Barnes Exterminating. Wishing you an ant-free home and a pest-free life!