Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Ants Go Marching Two by Two . . . Right into Your House

It’s the month of May, the April showers have come and gone and in the mid-Atlantic region, it suddenly feels like summer. The grass is growing quickly, flowers are blooming and ants are making their way right into your home. You may have experienced this when you opened your pantry door or opened your kitchen cabinet and saw a row of hundreds of tiny ants marching towards water or something sweet. Odorous House Ants, sometimes commonly referred to as sugar ants, are looking for food and when they find a reliable source, the word spreads quickly.

Odorous House Ants commonly come into your home along the same pathway as pipes. And once they have a taste for something sweet, or a stable water source, they are difficult to get rid of. They are commonly seen in the kitchen, the bathroom or the laundry room. But if you do have them in your home and you keep food or drink in other rooms, they will travel.

They are called Odorous House Ants because they have a smell to them. Some have said they smell like rotten coconut or even blue cheese. Some don’t recognize a smell at all. There is another type of ant common to residences that also have a distinct smell – the carpenter ant. The carpenter ant thrives on rotting wood; therefore they have an acidic odor to them. Typically they are found in the forest, but carpenter ants are attracted to wood, and there is plenty of it in homes! Mulch piles can be a breeding ground for both odorous and carpenter ants, especially when it is rainy. If you have any wet or rotting wood in your home, they can be a real threat.

While ants don’t carry disease, they are a nuisance. They are difficult to get rid of, and even if you try to treat them yourself, typically it’s a bandage approach to a larger problem. Triple S Services knows how to eradicate ants at the source.  We can inspect your home, and treat for ants of various varieties. Call us today to schedule your appointment: 800-457-3785.