Ant removal can be difficult as the small pests have many different ways to get into your home. Wildlife Management Services' pest control experts will provide full-service professional and environmentally-friendly ant removal. Organic ant removal is important for many homeowners in the Minneapolis area. Call now to learn more and schedule your eco-friendly ant removal today! You can also reach us here.
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We will work closely with you to create an effective and long-lasting ant removal plan, making sure the ants in your kitchen are gone for good. If you are interested in eco-friendly ant control that will ensure the safety of your pets and loved ones, contact us today to schedule your Eco-Wise™ Pest Control ant removal.
How Do I Locate an Ant Infestation?
Ants tend to gather in large numbers, and they are often easily seen outside. For effective ant pest control, the first step is to locate the source of the infestations. A simple way to locate the ant infestation is to follow interior trails to find out where they are coming into your home.
Where Do Most Ant Infestations Happen?
- Kitchen appliances
- Pet food
- Trash and garbage receptacles
- Outside on foliage
Some questions we may ask you in order to get the full picture of your ant problem include:
- Where have you seen ants?
- How many ants have you seen?
- What are the ants feeding on?
- Have you seen ants outside?
- Have you seen ant mounds?
- Have you been bitten or stung by an ant?
- Have you seen any ant trails?
What Kind Of Ants Are In My Home? Identifying Ants
Acrobats ants are small black ants that typically nest outside but can appear inside. They get their name from their tendency to lift their abdomen in the air. Acrobat ants are about 1/16–1/8 inch long. Queens range up to 3/8 inch long. They are typically light brown to black but are sometimes multicolored. Workers of many acrobat ant species may become aggressive and emit a repulsive odor when alarmed.
While acrobat ants most commonly nest in debris and woodpiles, ants can move into a structure and may be seen trailing along walks, walls, and siding. They prefer wood softened by decay fungi or Styrofoam insulation, but may enlarge cavities in wood made by other insects. They will occasionally strip the insulation from electrical or telephone wires, which can cause short circuits.
The Argentine Ant lives in huge colonies and forages in large numbers. Their trails can be extremely long. They are generally found outside but can enter the home or structure and nest inside.
The Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) is an average size ant (1/8–1/4 inch long), is brownish and has one node. The larger ants in the foraging trails are queens.
Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. Carpenter ants range in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen.
Carpenter ants attack wood that is or has been wet and damaged by mold. Even though carpenter ants first invade wet, decayed wood, they may soon begin building paths through dry, undamaged wood. Carpenter ants can enter buildings through cracks around doors, windows, or through holes for wires. Carpenter ants will also crawl along overhead wires, shrubs, or tree limbs that touch the building far above the ground. These insects have the potential to cause significant structural damage to your home if not addressed promptly and treated properly.
Fire Ants (Solenopsis) are small (1/8 inch) reddish ants, with darker abdomens. They are often associated with visible mounds. The fire ant has two nodes and stingers. When disturbed, the ant will “swarm” out of the mound in large numbers and inflict painful stings.
Fire ant mounds are usually found in sunny areas and can be quite large. They forage for any food source and colonies have multiple queens. Red imported fire ants nest in soil and build mound nests. Trailing ants are found in structures and they will be trailing to a nest (most likely outside near the foundation). Do not disturb the nest during the inspection.
Often described as small black ants, odorous ants exist in large colonies. There can be numerous colonies around the structure and they can nest in the structure in numerous places. They appear out of nowhere and existing in large numbers.
The odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile) is a small black ant (1/8 inch long), with one node (arrow) that is not easily visible. Odorous ant problems form colonies and nest under debris and other materials on the surface of the ground. Odorous ant problems can nest indoors, and there may be several odorous ant infestations in and around a structure. When crushed, the ant gives off a particular odor—similar to rotting coconuts.
These ants are quite mobile, often moving their entire nest and appearing out of nowhere. Odorous ant infestations can appear in walls, electronics, and appliances.
Pavement ants are named after their tendency to nest under concrete and around stone and pavements. An indication of this ant is a mound of soil pushed up through cracks in the cement. They have been found nesting in walls of slab structures. Pavement ant infestations tend to move along baseboards, especially baseboards in the kitchen and coming up under door sills. A few common indications of pavement ants include dropped food or dead insects with swarms of ants.
Pavement Ants (Tetramorium caespitum) are approx. 1/8 to 3/16 inch long, with brown to black bodies, but the legs are lighter in color. The head of the ant has parallel grooves and the thorax has two small spines near the petiole. These characteristics are visible with a hand lens.
Pharaoh ants are generally found trailing in large numbers. Follow trails and look in and around appliances, cabinetry, inside pantries, along window sills, countertops, sinks, baths, and kitchens. Pharaoh ants form large colonies that can nest in wall voids. In the Southern US, they can be nesting outside and coming into the structure. It is important to check the exterior of windows where pharaoh ants may have been seen. Follow trails and look in and around appliances, cabinetry, inside pantries, along window sills, countertops, sinks, baths, and kitchens. In severe pharaoh ant infestations, ants may have small colonies inside food boxes and unsealed containers.
Since the Pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis) is a very small (1/16 inch) light brown/reddish ant, you will need a magnifying glass for identifying pharaoh ant problems. This ant has two nodes and three-segmented antenna clubs.
Call Wildlife Management Services to Get Rid of Ants.
Wildlife Management Services has the knowledge, equipment, and skills to take care of all your ant problems. We will help you get rid of ants for good using our eco-friendly ant removal and safe ant extermination methods!
Wildlife Management EcoWise Pest Control Services are available throughout the United States and Canada. If you are not in the Minneapolis area, please call 1.800.274.8837 to find an office near you. We have the professional ant removal solutions you need!
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