Ants are one of the many pests that can invade your home or yard. They are attracted inside by exposed food or liquids in the kitchen and can establish a colony quickly. Ants can contaminate food, so for the safety of your home, quick elimination is key. Read below to learn more about the most common ants we see.
Pavement Ants are the most common ant that we treat in metropolitan areas. They often live in or along sidewalks, driveways, and patios. Pavement Ants build their colonies under the concrete or pavement – pushing dirt up around the edges and cracks. Small worker ants emerge from the colony to forage and take advantage of spilled food.
Carpenter Ants are primarily black with a rounded thorax. They bore tunnels in decaying wood to build nests – causing concern for the structural integrity of a home. Seeing wood dust or shavings could indicate that carpenter ants are boring into your home. Other signs of Carpenter Ant presence include sighting the worker or flying members of the colony.
Field Ants are large, black ants which may be misidentified as carpenter ants. Field Ants typically build their colonies in dirt and grassy areas. The colonies can be identified by looking for large mounds of loose soil and plant debris. During winter months when natural food sources are limited, worker ants may forage for food inside of homes. However, the colony will remain on the exterior of the home in the soil surrounding the foundation.
Pharaoh Ants very small and have the ability to nest indoors. They use buildings as a source of heat in colder climates and nest in areas throughout. If these ants detect any disturbance in their environment they will move the colony which can make extermination challenging. It is important to use the appropriate insecticides to avoid causing the ants to break into multiple colonies. The easiest way to detect a colony of Pharaoh Ants is to observe the small worker ants moving along feeding paths. It is important to address the issue promptly as Pharaoh Ants have the ability to spread disease as they move across objects and surfaces.
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I really appreciated the quick response via email when I inquired about services and cost on the web site. The technician was out to our home and spraying that afternoon and we haven’t seen ants. At this point, it has been three days!”
-J P of Highlands Ranch, CO