Ant Pest Control

Acrobat Ant Pest
ANTS - General Information

Class: Insecta, Order: hymenoptera- Ants are among the most common and most difficult pests to control.  These insects can be nuisance pests with just a few scouts in your house looking for food.  Other than stinging and biting humans, they may also invade and contaminate food. They cause damage to lawns, golf courses, and other premises where they typically build nests.  Ants steal seeds from seedbeds or feed on germinating seeds.  They also defoliate and gnaw plants and plant products, promoting plant diseases, development of fungus, and growth of other harmful insects like plant lice and mealy bugs.

Ants gnaw on fabrics, leaving holes.  They can also damage rubber insulation in telephone wires or other equipment.  Some types of ants can kill young poultry, birds, livestock or game.  Carpenter Ants bring serious damage to wooden furniture and structures.  Only a few ant species are actually anything more than just nuisance pests.  Some examples of ant pests include Argentine Ant, Fire Ant, Feral Ant, Harvester Ant, Carpenter Ant and the Odorous Ant.

Odorouse House Ant Worker Pest
Odorous House Ant- Tapinoma sessile (Say)

Odorous house ants are usually one-eighth inch long. They are black in color and have a single node hidden by the front of their abdomen. A colony may have many queens, making them very difficult to control. These types of ants may enter homes when colonies become very large, as their natural food or water sources may become scarce. This also happens in case of drought, flood, or other extreme climate conditions. They typically prefer sweet foods, but they also eat protein foods like meats and cheeses. Ants that live outdoors feed mainly on honeydew produced by insects such as aphids and mealy bugs. For long-term control of odorous house ants, elimination of food, water, and nesting sites is necessary.

Red Imported Fire Ant Worker Pest
Red Imported Fire Ant- Solenopsis invicta (Buren).

Red Imported Fire Ant workers have different sizes with some as small as one-sixteenth of an inch while others are one-quarter long. Their mounds are typically found in soil or lawns that receive enough sunlight. During cooler months, mounds appear near areas that hold heat through the night such as curbs, sidewalks, driveways, structures, electrical poles, and boxes. These ants can be seen anywhere from a few inches to several feet and with multiple holes across their mound’s surface. They come boiling out from the holes when disturbed. Workers have painful stings. Bites may become a raised and sore area with a white pustule in the center.This type of ant is considered a serious medical, agriculture, and property pest. Fast acting products should be applied to mounds in areas of high traffic. Mounds in low or no traffic areas are usually treated using baits especially designed for fire ants.

Carpenter Ant Worker Pest
Carpenter Ant - Camponotus spp.

Carpenter ants normally measure over one-quarter of an inch or larger, with different colors depending on the species. When these ants live inside structures, they are good indicators that water has infiltrated the structure. They are active in the evening and at night. This makes it difficult to locate their colony during daytime. They kick debris out of their nesting areas, which is among the first signs of a carpenter ant problem. Main colonies of carpenter ants are usually found outdoors such as in the hollows of trees or stumps. They feed on plant juices, insects, meats, cheeses, and other food items.

Feral Ant Pest
Feral Ant

Feral ants, also known as sugar ants invade homes and particularly target kitchens.  These ants are drawn to food.  This is why part of ant pest control measures is to clean the house carefully and avoid leaving food out.

Slab Ant Pest
Slab Ant

Slab ants or pavement ants are the small ants usually seen in the cracks of your sidewalk or driveway. They are black-brown in color and they build up little piles of dirt on such areas. These ants can be a serious problem when they get into your garage or basement.

If any of these ants are becoming a threat to your property and your family’s health and safety, Midwest Exterminating is ready to help you out. Call us for a free estimate or to schedule an ant pest control service.