Ants Are In Season

06/29/2015


Ants    Carpenter Ants   

If you're getting ants in your home, take solace in the fact that you're not alone. It's ant season. And, like any other creature that has a season, it is completely legal to kill them. You don't even have to worry about tagging them. Can you imagine if the government made you deal with ants the way you deal with deer? "I'd like 460,000 tags, please." Yup. That would be fun.

In Maryland and Virginia, the three ant species you're most likely to deal with are odorous house ants, pavement ants, and carpenter ants. Here is a quick rundown on how you can identify these pests, and what you need to do to exclude them.

Pavement ants are usually outside your home in walkways, concrete and pavement--as their name suggests. These ants usually have a brown tint to them, but they can be completely black. This makes the larger pavement ants look a little like tiny carpenter ants. If you find a few stray pavement ants crawling around your home, and you're worried they may be carpenter ants, there is an easy way to tell them apart. Catch the ant and look closely at its waist. If it has two notable bumps, it is a pavement ant. If it has one distinct pinch at the waist, separating the chest from the hind section, it is a carpenter ant.

Odorous house ants are dark brown to black in color and can also be mistaken for a carpenter ant. You may be able to identify them by giving them a squish. Odorous house ants will emit a smell that some describe as rotten coconuts. If you're looking for a more concrete way to determine whether or not you have carpenter ants, you're going to want to look at the waist again. For this one, you'll want to look from the side. This ant has one distinct pinch at the waist, like the carpenter ant, but the thorax comes up over the pinch--almost like the ant is carrying its butt on its back.

Carpenter ants are most usually black, but they can have a strong red tint to them. These are the largest ants you'll find crawling around in your home. The distinguishing feature of the carpenter ant is that it has only one node at the waist, which you must look closely to see.

Pavement ants and odorous house ants will not cause any property damage issues for you. They are just pests. If you get a ton of them coming in, you may want to call a pest control company to help you seal your exterior walls and apply insecticide to vulnerable areas. Carpenter ants are a much larger threat. These ants chew large galleries inside the wood of your home and create structural damage that can be hard or impossible to fix. Pest control is a must.

In all cases, the best ant control is by using a professional pest control service. We professionals know that the only way to completely rid yourself of ants is to remove nests on your property. You can kill ants all day long every day and never stop them. Even though you don't have to tag each and every one, it is still a pain. Call the pros here at American Pest. It may be ant season, but that doesn't mean you have to do the hunting. We have professionally trained technicians that have the tools, and knowledge to stop ants from coming in your home. Contact us today and we will make all those pesky ants go away!

 






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