Ants and How to Get Rid of Them
Billions of Ants are looking for a place to call home
There's no denying the staggering success of Ants as a species.
These feverish insects have a plan that's worked since the age of dinosaurs and they have populated the globe in quite remarkable numbers. There are literally hundreds of billions of Ants thriving on planet earth and some of those little critters would dearly love to move in on your home.
Why you want Ants gone from your home
Wood-boring Ants can do obvious structural damage to your home and potentially cost you thousands, so it's a no-brainer to want those gone immediately. Other Ants can bite. And then there's the general concern of uncleanliness in the home and the mess Ants leave behind with their droppings and when they die. You also have to worry about damage to your electrics, piping and flooring.
Common House Ants
The Crematogaster is known by several names, with one of the popular ones being the "Acrobat Ant."
Found worldwide, the Acrobat Ant has a distinctive heart-shaped Gaster (the abdomen area of bees, wasps and ants), which gives them one of their common names, the "Saint Valentine Ant."
They are also known as "Cocktail Ants," because they tend to raise their abdomens when they're alarmed.
Acrobat Ants form scent trails as they enter your home and can make nests in pipes or inside walls, or even around electrical circuitry.
They will feed on crumbs left around your house.
ALLEGHENY MOUND ANTS
The Formica exsectoides, also known as the Allegheny mound ant, is a type of Ant native to the Atlantic area of North America.
Like other Field Ants, they like to build large mounds of dirt, as they tend to live in wooded areas where material exists that they can use to thatch their mounds.
If you disturb them there's a good chance you might get bitten.
Do you have plants in your yard? No live trees or shrubs of any height occur in close proximity to the mounds. Alleggheny Mound Ants inject Formic acid into surrounding plants, killing small trees, shrubs, etc.
The Camponotus or Carpenter Ant, gets its name from how it builds nests - creating a network of tunnels in wood.
50 types live throughout the United States, of which 23 have been known to infest buildings.
They mainly live in dead or damaged wood that is rich with moisture. You can find these ants living within trees, attics, crawlspaces or wall voids. This can cause expensive damage to your home.
Carpenter ants do not have stingers, but do have a painful bite.
When Carpenter Ants find a food source in your home, you'l see them in large numbers. See small piles of sawdust mixed with bits of insulation and dead insects parts? You've got an Ant issue.
The Pheidole megacephala or Big-Headed Ant (AKA the "Coastal Brown Ant" in Australia), are among the most successful globe-conquering Ants, being extremely invasive.
It's called "Big-headed," because of the Soldier's disproportionately large head.
Although these Ants nest in colonies underground, if they find a food source they'll be only too happy to enter your home and gorge on it.
They are usually yellow, red, black or a combination of red and black in color.
These Ants make homes in the ground in lawns, gardens, fields and parks, usually near trees, rocks, sidewalks, fences or foundations of buildings.
Although they do not sting, they will bite when disturbed. Some Field Ants can spray formic acid while they bite, so this can be painful.
And yes, here we have yet another species of Ant that will happily invade your home if there's food to be had there.
Fire Ants typically stay outdoors, where their colonies produce large mounds in open areas, and feed mainly on young plants and seeds.
Some people are allergic to the venom in Fire Ant bites and can contract a very bad reaction.
Tapinoma melanocephalum is a species of Ant that is more commonly known as the Ghost Ant, so called because of their almost translucent lower bodies.
They are frequent home invaders, colonizing wall voids or spaces between cabinetry and baseboards. It will also nest in potted plants.
Foraging for food sources, Ghost Ants can be seen also in kitchens and bathrooms on sinks, counters, and floors.
It's said that when stepped on or crushed, they tend to emit an odor similar to that of rotten coconuts.
"Harvester Ant" is the common name for any of type of Ants that collect seeds.
They tend to create large mounds, almost 53 inches across in some cases, and dead vegetation near the nest are visible signs of Harvester Ants.
They are prolific foragers who will sniff out a food source and enter your home in their thousands if given the slightest invitation.
Harvester Ants, when provoked, usually sting many times and in some cases are stung multiple times by a single Ant.
Known collectively as Moisture Ants, the Lasius species of Ant make their nests in and around moist, rotting wood as well as under rocks.
They are smaller than Carpenter Ants, but essentially have the same traits.
Moisture Ants may infest buildings, especially foundation in contact with soil, becoming a nuisance. Anywhere you have wood and moisture, you potentially have Moisture Ants.
ODOROUS HOUSE ANTS
The Tapinoma sessile goes by the common names of Odorous House Ant, Stink Ant, and the Coconut ant.
These ants can be found in a wide variety of places, including within houses and are considered the survivalist of Ant species due to their incredible robustness.
They appear to be more likely to invade homes after rain (which washes away the "Honeydew" they collect).
The Odorous House Ant is known by several similar-sounding names due to their emitting a disgusting smell if crushed, often described as very similar to the pungent odor of a coconut, bleu cheese, or turpentine.
The Tetramorium caespitum, better known as "Pavement Ants," usually make their homes in pavement, as their name implies.
That doesn't mean you won't find them in your home, however, as they have a reputation as warriors who like to invade new territories.
Pavement Ants typically feed on honeydew, other insects, sweets, fruit, and greasy foods, but will feed on pet food as well, both indoors and outdoors.
Their trails can be seen going to and from their food sources, most often at night and may even move through plumbing pipes and electrical wires.
The Monomorium pharaonis, better known as the Pharaoh Ant, is notorious for being a major indoor nuisance of the home. Strangely they appear to have a particular tastes for hospitals also.
They are well-known for their intricate foraging, involving complex trail routes maintained with several pheromones.
Pharaoh Ants can be found in wall voids, under floors, in various types of furniture, bathrooms or near food.
The Solenopsis molesta is more commonly known as the Thief Ant.
They have the habit of nesting close to other colonies, from which they steal food.
Some call them Grease Ants, owing to their attraction to grease.
Thief Ants are serious house pests. Ready to eat just about anything and live just about anywhere, they can make themselves a big problem in no time at all if not treated.
How we get rid of Ants
We'll treat your house inside and out for Ants.
We want to stop Ants entering your property and also to eradicate all Ants that have already set up shop. Our treatment method is completely safe, eco-friendly and will require no upheaval whatsoever on your part as we go to task.
Why choose Bug-N-A-Rug for your Ant treatment?
Bug-N-A-Rug has been in the pest control business for over two decades. Our highly-experienced technicians know how to diagnose an Ant problem and precisely just the treatment plan required to rid your property of the problem.
I've got an Ant problem, what do I do next?
Not sure you have an Ant problem?
There's no obligation in our consultation. If we visit your house and there's no infestation, or there is and you deem you don't wAnt it treated, there's no charge.
Tips to prevent Ants invading your home
- Keep your house clean. Crumbs and food left out will attract Ants from afar.
- Clean out your cupboards, looking for open boxes or any remnAnts of a food source that could attract Ants.
- Seal cracks and openings on the outside of your house that might serve as entry points for Ants.
- Be sure to keep your doors and windows sealed to stop Ants entering from outside.
- Wash your surfaces down with peppermint oil. Ants hate the smell of it.
- Call Bug-N-A-Rug for regular pest control visits!