Ants

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Pharaoh Ant

Pharaoh ants are found throughout the United States and can live year-round indoors. These ants do not swarm.
 
Size: 1/16 of an inch long
 
Color: Yellow to light brown
 
Activity/Behavior: Female pharaoh ants mate in the nest, and new colonies are formed by “budding.” This means part of the main colony moves in masses to a new location. There may be hundreds of thousands of ants in a colony. These ants eat dead of live insects but seem to prefer meats or greases. They also feed on sugar syrup, fruit juices, jellies, and cakes.
 
Where They Live: Pharaoh ants usually live in areas near moisture, such as the kitchen or bathroom. They travel from room to room within the walls via plumbing pipes and electrical wires. Pharaoh ants are a major problem in homes and institutions, such as hospitals, hotels, prisons, or apartment complexes. They can also nest outdoors. They nest in warm, hard-to-reach locations in walls, subfloor areas, wall sockets, attics, cracks, crevices, behind baseboards, and furniture.
 
Tips for Control: Pharaoh ant colonies can often be controlled using ant baits.

How Suburban Exterminating Can Help:

These ants are hard to control and may not eat ant baits. Experts must find the many colonies and treat them directly. Colonies can be located high in trees or on a neighboring property. A large number of trees and other conditions may create a high risk of re-infestation. Regular inspections and service are necessary to find and treat new colonies as they move in from neighboring properties. An infestation sometimes can be controlled using over-the-counter products, but surviving ants can start a new colony. A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of ants.

Carpenter Ants

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Carpenter ants are one of the largest ants on Long Island. Foraging may extend up to 300 feet and, upon close inspection, can be seen on the ground as narrow worn paths. Carpenter Ants, Long Island Pest Control
 
Size: Up to 5/8 of an inch long
 
Color: Black, red and black, red, or brown
 
Activity/Behavior: Carpenter ants commonly make tunnels in rotting or sound trees. Inside, they readily infest wood, foam insulation, and cavities. They prefer to hollow out wood damaged by fungus. Worker ants hollow out a nest, look for food, and care for the young. Carpenter ants feed on sugar solutions from honey dew-producing insects such as aphids, sweets, and the juices of the insects they capture. They actively feed at night.
 
Where They Live: Carpenter ants will nest in any hollow area or space that is close to water and food resources. They enter structures through gaps or cracks. However, the appearance of large numbers of winged adults inside a structure indicates that the nest(s) exists indoors. The workers push wood shavings and pieces of foam insulation out of the nest through slit-like openings in the surface of the wood or other nesting site material. This material, which may contain fragments of other insects, and structural moisture problems, are things to look for when trying to locate a colony in an infested structure. Rustling sounds in wall voids are another indication that there is a colony in the area.
 
Tips for Control: Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed back off of the home. Seal cracks in the home’s exterior. Eliminate nesting sites like tree stumps, piles of wood, and other debris. Repair leaks in the home and keep water away from the home’s foundation.

How Suburban Exterminating Can Help:

These ants are hard to control and may not eat ant baits. Experts must find the many colonies and treat them directly. Colonies can be located high in trees or on a neighboring property. A large number of trees and other conditions may create a high risk of re-infestation. Regular inspections and service are necessary to find and treat new colonies as they move in from neighboring properties. An infestation sometimes can be controlled using over-the-counter products, but surviving ants can start a new colony. A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of ants.

Little Black Ants

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Little Black AntLittle is known about the Little Black Ants or biology ants, even though they are found throughout the United States. The small black bugs typically swam in late spring or early fall.
 
Size: 1/16 of an inch long
 
Color: Jet black
 
Activity/Behavior: Ants form small craters of fine soil at the entrances of their homes, known as ant hills. Also, ants are drawn to meats, greases, and sweets.
 
Where They Live: Little black ants nest beneath stones, in lawns, and in dry areas. Inside, ants can be found under the edge of carpeting, in old termite galleries, and in wall voids.
 
Tips for Control: Ants can be lured out easily with baits and traps.

How Suburban Exterminating Can Help:

These ants are hard to control and may not eat ant baits. Experts must find the many colonies and treat them directly. Colonies can be located high in trees or on a neighboring property. A large number of trees and other conditions may create a high risk of re-infestation. Regular inspections and service are necessary to find and treat new colonies as they move in from neighboring properties. An infestation sometimes can be controlled using over-the-counter products, but surviving ants can start a new colony. A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of ants.

Odorous House Ant

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Odorous House AntOdorous house ants have only one segment. When alarmed, the workers scurry around with their abdomens raised in the air.
 
Size: 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long
 
Color: Brown to black
 
Activity/Behavior: Odorous ants smell like “rancid butter” when they are crushed. These ants’ colonies can contain thousands of workers and many queens.
 
Where They Live: Odorous house ants often nest outdoors, under stones, logs, and in the nests of larger ants. They can also nest indoors in fall or floor voids, around heat sources (like hot water pipes and heaters, and crevices around sinks and cabinets). Odorous house ants travel in trails and prefer sweets, although they eat almost any household food. They usually invade structures during rainy periods when honeydew on plants has been washed off.
 
Tips for Control: Though bait traps are available for ants, a lot of odorous ants don’t respond to bait. Homeowners are encourages to keep bushes and shrubs trimmed back off home, seal crack’s in the home exterior, and eliminate nesting sites like piles of wood and other debris.

How Suburban Exterminating Can Help:

These ants are hard to control and may not eat ant baits. Experts must find the many colonies and treat them directly. Colonies can be located high in trees or on a neighboring property. A large number of trees and other conditions may create a high risk of re-infestation. Regular inspections and service are necessary to find and treat new colonies as they move in from neighboring properties. An infestation sometimes can be controlled using over-the-counter products, but surviving ants can start a new colony. A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of ants.

Pavement Ants

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The pavement ant, or Tetramorium caespitum, is a common household pest. They are usually found on the pavement and are distinguished by their distinct segments on their body.
 
Size: 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long
 
Color: Brown
 
Activity/Behavior: Pavement ants feed on insects, meats, seeds, and sweets, but they prefer meats and greases. They forage in trails as far as 30 feet from the nest. Although they are not particularly aggressive, workers can bite and string. They are slow-moving insects.
 
Where They Live: Pavement ants nest outdoors under flat stones, under sidewalks, along curbing, under concrete slabs, and many other places. They invade structures in search for food and are a particular problem in houses that do not have basements. Inside structures, they nest in walls, insulation, floors, and near heat sources during the winter.
 
Tips for Control: Pavement ant colonies can be controlled using ant baits. Also, eliminate nesting sites like piles of wood and other debris

How Suburban Exterminating Can Help:

These ants are hard to control and may not eat ant baits. Experts must find the many colonies and treat them directly. Colonies can be located high in trees or on a neighboring property. A large number of trees and other conditions may create a high risk of re-infestation. Regular inspections and service are necessary to find and treat new colonies as they move in from neighboring properties. An infestation sometimes can be controlled using over-the-counter products, but surviving ants can start a new colony. A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of ants.
 
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