How Do I Get Rid of Ants Around My Home?
Getting rid of ants can be tricky since ants can find their way into your home or business in a variety of ways. Wildlife Management Services pest control experts will assess your ant problem and any ant damage prior to using environmentally friendly pest control methods. We will then work with you to establish an effective and long-lasting ant control plan, providing you with peace of mind when it comes to unwelcome ant problems. And because the Eco-Wise™ Pest Control method for ant control is environmentally friendly, there is no concern for your family and pets.
How Do I Locate an Ant Infestation?
Ants can forage in large numbers. They may be easily seen outside. To get rid of ant infestations follow interior trails to find out where they are entering.
Where Do Ant Infestations Occur?
- Pet food
- Trash and garbage receptacles
- Outside on plants
Questions to Ask About Ant Problems:
- 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 Do I Have In My House?
A small black ant that nests outside but can appear inside. They get their name by the habit they have of elevating 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, 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 wood piles, 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. Argentine ant problems live in huge colonies and forages in large numbers. Trails can be extremely long. Argentine ant problems are generally found just outside homes, but can enter the home or structure and nest inside. 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. And will also crawl along overhead wires, shrubs, or tree limbs that touch the building far above the ground. Carpenter ants have the potential to cause significant structural damage to your home if not 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 stings. When disturbed, the ant will “swarm” out of the mound in large numbers and inflect painful stings.
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 these 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 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 - like rotting coconuts.
These ants are quite mobile, often moving their entire nest and appearing out of nowhere. Odorous ant infestations, can nest in walls, electronics and appliances.
Named because they nest under concrete and around stone and pavements. An indication of this ant is a mound of soil pushed up through cracks in 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. Look for dropped food, which is common when small children are in the home. Look for slow moving ants clustered around food or carrying dead insects.
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.
They are generally found trailing in large numbers. Follow trails and look in and around appliances, cabinetry, inside pantries, along window sills, counter tops, 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, counter tops, sinks, baths and kitchens. In severe pharaoh ant infestations, ants may have small colonies inside food boxes and unsealed containers.
The Pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis) is a very small (1/16 inch) light brown / reddish ant. Pharaoh ant infestations are generally found trailing in large numbers. You will need a hand lens (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 and will show you how to get rid of ants for good!
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