Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ant.
Photo Credit: Susan Ellis. Bugwood.org

With the warmer months come annoying pests. Included on that list are ants. Ants come into your home seeking food or shelter, or both. You might see them on your countertops, along windowsills, near water pipes or around outside openings. But how do you get rid of them? A professional pest control company can identify the type of ant, locate their nesting area, and eradicate them at the source. The two most common ants in our area are:

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants range from 3/8″ to 1/2″ in length and are black or red in color. They are most active at night and you could find them inside your home foraging for food. Common indoor nesting sites include around the dishwasher, under cabinets, in the attic, walls, leaky windows or roofs, or exposed wood surfaces subject to moisture. Outdoors their nests might be found in trees, old woodpiles, decks, tree stumps or wooden fences.

By Nwbeeson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Carpenter Ant Wood Damage
By Nwbeeson (Own work)
via Wikimedia Commons

Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but carve out “galleries” in decaying or rotted wood, creating smooth pathways to their nest and pushing out small piles of sawdust under the wood. This is one sign of an active nest. If you have any water damage in your home, and wood that has started to decay, carpenter ants can nest and cause structural damage. The only way to eliminate them is to kill the entire colony. A Triple S Services professional can rid your home of these ants and make recommendations on things you can do to prevent future infestations.

Odorous House Ants

Odorous House Ants get their name from the smell they omit when crushed…that of rotten coconut. These tiny dark brown ants range from 1/16″ to 1/8″ in length. They are commonly known as sugar ants and are attracted to sweet liquids or the sticky spots left from spilled food or drinks. Odorous House Ants enter your home through the same pathways as your pipes, eventually finding their way to your kitchen countertop, bathroom or laundry room. Their nests can be found near moisture sources including inside wall spaces, in heaters, or underneath leaky fixtures. Once they have found a reliable food source, they bring friends. Although they do not carry disease, these tiny ants can contaminate food and are generally a nuisance. Contact Triple S Services for professional treatment to eliminate the problem at its source.

Ants vs. Termites

ants_vs_termitesHow can you tell the difference? Both ants and termites swarm and mate in the spring, and both can have wings. But, ants have narrow waists, while termites don’t. Termites have only two segments to their bodies, while ants have three. And the wings on a termite are all equal size, while the wings on an ant are shorter in the front and larger in the back. You don’t have time to inspect and determine which is in your house. That’s the job of a professional. Call us to schedule your spring ant or termite inspection. We’ll let you know what you have and get rid of them for you.

 

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