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Odorous House Ants (AKA: Sugar Ants, Little Black Ants)

These ants are about 1/8-inch (3 mm) long. Color: Dark brown or black. These ants are most easily identified by the coconut or turpentine odor produced when their bodies are crushed. This odor gives this ant its name. Geographic Range: The odorous house ant is found throughout North America. Habitat: These ants nest outdoors under items on the ground, within landscape mulch, beneath loose bark on trees, under ground cover, in potted plants, and within piles of items, such as lumber, firewood, or bricks. Nests may readily be established inside homes, in walls, beneath carpeting, and other suitable voids or spaces.

Odorous house ants forage both night and day and eat many types of foods. They eat live and dead insects but are also very attracted to sweet foods. They especially like the honeydew that is produced by aphids and mealybugs. Many colonies of odorous house ants tend or herd aphids and mealybugs to collect the honeydew they excrete.

Odorous house ants may develop huge colonies containing thousands of workers and numerous queens. This species may be difficult to control and does not feed much on ant baits. The keys to control are to find the colonies and subcolonies and treat them directly. Regular inspections and service are necessary to find and treat new colonies as they move in from neighboring properties.

Carpenter Ants

1. Modoc : all black. (Legs may have a rusty red color) One queen in parent nest.

2. Vicinus : black head, rusty red thorax (mid section) and black abdomen (tail section.) Multiple queens in parent nest. Most carpenter ant species have other similar characteristics.

Five Sizes : Carpenter ants can be as small as one quarter inch or as large as three quarters of an inch. All sizes can be found in one nest.

Carpenter Ants typically have a parent colony in outside nesting areas, such as live or dead trees, stumps, logs or decorative landscape wood. When the colony grows larger and needs room to expand satellite colonies are established. These satellite colonies often develop in nearby structures presumably because they offer warm protection.

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Ants Extermination

If you have ever found an ant in your home, you know how frustrating it can be. They seem to appear out of nowhere, and before you know it, there are hundreds of them. Ants are not only a nuisance, but they can also carry diseases. That is why it is important to get rid of them as soon as possible. There are a number of reasons for why you need to get ant extermination:

  1. They are a nuisance. It is hard to enjoy your home when there are ants crawling all over the walls, floors, and even your food.
  2. Their waste can cause health issues for you and your family.
  3. Ants can potentially ruin your home. They can gnaw on wires and wood and cause damage that you have to pay for.
  4. Ants are one of the most difficult insects to get rid of, so having them around your home means you will have to deal with them for a while.
  5. Ants can be dangerous. There are fire ants, which bite and sting, and there are also carpenter ants, which can cause structural damage to your home.

The list goes on and on…

But fortunately, ant extermination treatment is a solution to this problem: Ant Extermination treatment.

What is Ant Extermination Treatment?

When you have an ant problem in your home, it can be difficult to get rid of them. Ant extermination treatment can help to get rid of the ants and keep them from coming back. There are a few different methods that can be used for ant extermination treatment.

One method is to use baits. Baits are a great way to kill ants because they take the bait back to the nest and share it with the other ants. This will eventually kill all of the ants in the nest. Another method is to use insecticide sprays. Insecticide sprays will kill the ants on contact. They are also effective at keeping the ants from coming back.

Ants love your kitchens! Removing ants as soon as possible before they have any opportunity to create a large colony is important for any ant problem. It is important to make sure your house is clean before we begin the treatment process.

It’s also a good idea to vacuum the floors and vacuum any nearby furniture or outdoor furniture if it is also infested with ants. Ants can cause major damage to food preparation areas. The more often you check the areas where they have moved into the house, the less ants will live there and the more likely you will have a problem.

If you have an ant problem, it is important to hire an ant exterminator as soon as possible. Petes Pest Control is a great pest removal service in Portland, Oregon. We can help you get rid of ants for good. We use the most effective ant extermination methods available, and our treatment method is specific to your location and needs.

If you need a REAL solution to your ant problem, contact us today!

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