CARPENTER ANTS

Description: Workers and queens are both reddish to black in color. Workers are wingless and 1/8” to 1/2” in length, whereas the queens are a bit larger with wings. Queens will lose their wings after mating with the males.

Habits: Their colonies have from thousands to 15,000 workers. They feed on human food. They are capable of destroying wooden structures and furniture.

Treatment: Based on finding the source and their nest. Removing moisture elimination, removing debris and mechanical alterations. Carpenter ant control can be difficult, thus requiring integrated management.

CITRONELLA ANT WORKERS VS. SWARMERS

Description:Workers are yellow in color and approx. 4mm in length without wings. Swarmers are dark reddish/yellow to light brown in color and approx. 8mm in length with wings.

Habits: They come up from the soil, so typically their colonies will have soil mounds around the opening. Swarmers can enter homes through cracks or door openings.

Treatment: Spraying pesticides into their colonies.

Fun Fact: When threatened or killed, these ants emit a citronella odor.

PAVEMENT (SLAB) ANT WORKERS VS. SWARMERS

Description: Workers have dark brown/reddish bodies and light colored legs are approx. 1.5mm to 3.2mm. Swarmers are approx. twice the size

Habits: These ants form trails and take over structures in search for a food source. These ants typically feed off of meats and greases. The workers have the ability to bite and sting , but are not normally aggressive pests.

Treatments: Main treatment includes finding the colonies and invading them with insecticides. Further treatment includes sealing up any cracks and holes in the exterior walls. Removing any waste on the exterior where the ants may nest.

PHARAOH ANTS

Description: Yellow to light brown in color and about 1.5mm in length. These ants do now swarm, however the females mate within the nest creating new colonies in other locations.

Habits: Pharaoh ants prefer to nest within walls, wall sockets, attics, behind baseboards and furniture. These ants feed on other insects, meats, greases, syrups, fruit jellies, etc.

Treatment: Placing bait stations where the ants are currently active and expected to be active. Frequent monitoring of these bait stations is important to be sure the ants are not avoiding the bait stations and forming their nests in other locations.