Pest Control for Ants in Your Space
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There are over 12,000 different species of ants in the world. Thankfully we only have to deal with a handful of them. When ants stay outside, they are beneficial. Unfortunately, when they come inside, they can create damage (such as the carpenter ant or the moisture ant), or just become a nuisance (such as the odorous house ant). Whatever type of ant you are dealing with, from carpenter ants to odorous house ants, Pest Pros will develop a treatment plan to help.
Ants live in colony structures, with a small number of the colony out foraging at any one time, making it difficult to kill the ants invading your home. This also makes it hard to tell how big the ant population actually is, considering colonies of some species, such as the odorous ant, can grow to 100,000 inhabitants.
Dealing with a colony of ants may just be the beginning of a bigger problem. Ants can attract other pests that can cause additional issues in your home. Professional pest control treatment is the best way to ensure that the full colony and infestation is eliminated. Call Pest Pros today for a free estimate on your ant elimination needs!
Carpenter Ants are known for making their nests in wood, whether that be a damp log in the woods, or the walls of your basement. If they’re in your home, you will most likely see them in your kitchen first, as they enjoy sugary food. Since there are two different kinds of Carpenter Ants in this area, you may come across a colony that is reddish-brown in color, or they could be all black with tiny yellow hairs on their body. Both of these species of Carpenter Ants hollow out wood to make their nests, so if you suspect you have an infestation you should reach out to Pest Pros as soon as possible, before they can cause structural damage to your home.
Moisture Ants vary in color from yellow to brown, and can be anywhere from 1/8 to 1/5 of an inch long. You might have the preconceived notion that Moisture Ants cause the wood in your home to decay, leading to structural damage, however that’s not the case. Moisture Ants show up after the wood is already decaying, and then establish their colony. Moisture ants are generally a symptom of other problems and while they don’t cause the wood to rot, they can contribute to the damage, so if you think you have an infestation of Moisture Ants, call Pest Pros today for a free estimate!
Odorous Ants can establish their colonies of up to 100,000 ants in many different settings, including in forests, fields, sand, and houses. These ants are brown or black in color, and mostly are 1/16 of an inch in length. They release an odor similar to the smell of a coconut from their bodies when they’ve been crushed, or when they are alarmed. Odorous Ants are attracted to food, so you’ll want to make sure your kitchen stays clean and all food items are tightly sealed and put away to help prevent these ants from establishing themselves in your home. Call Pest Pros today for a free estimate on treating your home!
Pavement Ant colonies have many queens, and can grow to contain 30,000 members in a single colony. On average, Pavement Ants are between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch long and can be light brown to reddish brown in color. As their name suggests, they do make their nests under pavement, however they also will reside under stones, in soil, or rotting wood. You can tell that they’ve made your home their home by the piles of sand in your driveway, patio, or basement. Pavement Ants do have stingers and will sting humans, so if you come across an infestation on your property, call Pest Pros today for a free estimate!
Many species of Thatching Ants occur in the Pacific Northwest; some of them are red and black in color, others completely brown or completely black. A good way to tell if you have a Thatching Ant infestation is by the notch in the thorax, or middle section, of the ant’s body. While they don’t typically nest in houses, they do eat sweet food, so having a messy kitchen could draw them in. Thatching Ant bites can be painful, so if you think you have an infestation, reach out to Pest Pros for removal services!
Velvety Tree Ants will either be dark red with a black head, or ranging in color from dark brown to black all over. At first glance you might think these are carpenter ants, but if you look closely you’ll see they have a fuzzy look to them, due to the short hairs covering their bodies. These ants are attracted to areas with high levels of moisture, and access to food. They most likely will make their nest inside the walls of your home or even in your insulation. These ants will act aggressive and bite, so it’s best to call professionals to take care of an infestation. Pest Pros will provide you with a free estimate!
When it is time to expand the nest, most ants will send out winged reproductives, as do termites. They can look similar to the untrained eye. While many different species of ants produce Flying Ants, they all have the same basic features to tell them apart from termites. Ants have two larger wings and two smaller wings while termites have 4 wings that are roughly the same size. Ants also have a “waist” that separates the front of their bodies from the back, unlike termites whose bodies are one smooth segment all the way down. Also, depending on the species, Flying Ants are only produced in either the Spring or Fall for mating purposes. If you discover winged ants inside your home, this could be an indicator that you have a nest, and the situation should be looked at by a professional. Call Pest Pros if you think you have an infestation!