Signs of ants
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As the majority of ant species prefer sunny climates, our environment is perfect for ants to thrive. Ants are ubiquitous. Out of around 15,000 ant species and subspecies worldwide, North America has close to 1,000 known species. The most familiar ant species in the U.S. are:
Ants can be a particular nuisance when they get into your home. Garden or black house ants aren’t thought to carry diseases, but the trouble is you don’t know where they’ve been foraging outside, so you won’t want them marching through your food cupboards. Ants will travel in a wide range searching for food, following trails they have established and clustering around the source of food, becoming a nuisance in homes, organizations and businesses.
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If you have a larger problem that your usual do-it-yourself product cannot resolve, you can rely on our expert pest controllers to clear it up.
Ehrlich can solve your ant problem quickly and, needless to say, our solutions are perfectly safe for your family and pets.
Ehrlich offers methods of ant control that are targeted to specific species.
Carpenter ants are among the largest and most difficult to control ants that commonly invade properties. The fast-spreading ants are often found traveling via structural guidelines such as water hoses, downspouts and anything on the building's exterior that has corners or edges.
The ant control process begins with the technician identifying all carpenter ant satellite colonies and nests.
Although various baits and bait formulations are available, the primary methods for carpenter ant control are nest and barrier treatments.
Perimeter treatments are also often commonly applied to the exterior of the structure.
Odorous house ants
If an infestation of odorous house ants is identified in a property, the technician will track the ants by their distractive trails to the nest. Odorous house ant nests are almost always located outdoors. These tiny insects will travel great distances indoors to find food and water for the colony.
A treatment will then be applied to the ant colony’s trails and nest. To ensure that no new trails are established after the initial treatment, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled 7-10 days later. Odorous house ants are very common and found throughout the United States.
Red imported fire ants
Since it was first introduced to the United States around 1933, the red imported fire ant has been a nuisance to homeowners in southern states like Florida and South Carolina. This species of ant is native to South America and are known to readily sting humans in large numbers.
Fire ants build large mounds on top of the soil. When these mounds are disturbed, ants will emerge en masse and will begin to crawl over anyone or anything unlucky enough to be nearby. You may also notice the red-colored ants swarming around the mounds.
The most common solution for red imported fire ants is a treatment application near the mounds. The ants will feed on the bait and return it to the colony. Once the bait kills the queen fire ant, the colony will collapse.
We recommend that red imported fire ant treatments are conducted early on in the spring to decrease the likelihood of major infestations.
There are many different types of ant species, but here are some you are more likely to find in the U.S.
There are around 15,000 ant species and subspecies worldwide, with just over 1,000 known in the U.S. Ants are found in all 50 states. Refer to our common ant species page for details of familiar species across states.
Ant colonies can range in size from a dozen or so to many thousands.
Ants vary in length and can be as big as 2cm such as a Bulldog Ant. Refer to our common ant species for more information.
To learn about ant infestation signs, refer to our page on signs of ant infestations.
While a wide range of do-it-yourself products are available for ants, many times effective ant control requires professional pest control. For further details of what can be done, refer to our page on how to get rid of ants.
Most ants come inside your home or business looking for food. They are attracted to sweet and sticky substances. It is important to clean up any food and liquid spillages immediately and to cover any food in storage areas. In addition, to prevent ants entering your home, seal access points such as cracks and crevices in door and window frames. For further details, refer to our page on preventing ants entering your home or premises.
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