An ant infestation is a nuisance, especially when they are over taking your kitchen. These tiny scavengers will enter your home or business looking for moisture and an convenient food source. Damp or rotting wood that is beginning to get moldy can also attract ants. The most attractive thing in your home to ants however is a food source. Ants feed on sugar, cheese, meats, vegetables, grease, peanut butter, and dead insects.
Ants often enter a home through even the smallest of cracks around doors or windows, but they can find numerous entrances to your home or building. Once inside, the growing ant colony can become a major problem very rapidly. Ants mature from juveniles to adults in a matter of a few days, making their presence increase quickly as well. Once an ant problem has infected your home it is generally very difficult to get rid of them on your own without professional extermination.
The first step in effective extermination is an evaluation to determine what type of ants are invading your home or office. It is necessary to properly identify the ant species that you have in order to effectively eradicate them. Of the thousands of species of ants, the four listed below are the most common found in Louisville, KY.
Carpenter Ants: are about five eighths inches long. They tend to burrow in damp wood but have also been known to damage solid wood. They do not eat the wood, but simply remove it in order to build a nest.
Odorous House Ants: the pungent, “rotten coconutlike” odor given off when this ant is crushed gives it its name. Colonies may be composed of several hundred to 100,000 ants. Their nest can be found inside or outside. They often build nests in wall voids and beneath floors. The will often invade structures during rainy weather. They travel in trails and forage day and night.
Pavement Ants: are about one-eighth inch long. They generally make their nests in cracks of pavement and are also capable of infesting a building.
Pharoah Ants: are about one-sixteenth inch long. These ants are often found in hospitals and nursing homes, where they are are capable of transmitting Staphylecoccus and Psuedomonas infections. Pharoah Ants also invade restaurants, apartment buildings and similar commercial structures and dwellings.
Ants with wings can easily be mistaken for termites, which may lead to a wrong treatment if the extermination is not done by a professional. In comparison, ants have a very narrow mid-section, while termites’ bodies are more uniform.
If you would like IPM Services to help you exterminate your ants or any other pest control issues, please contact us today at (502) 456-4416.