Ants will, in general, eat protein. If you have swarms of ants in your dog run, for instance, they are probably eating the feces, because it is rich in protein. They also eat termites. In fact, ASPC will look for ants in your house. If you see ants in your bathroom, for example, it may not just be because of the moisture and the sugar in your toothpaste.
Odorous House Ants
A small insect at 1/16 to 1/8 inch long, the odorous house ant is the most commonly found ant in the home. They are black in color, and prefer to nest indoors, as opposed to nesting outdoors like carpenter ants. They can be very hard to control, since they will have very large nests in the house.
The odorous house ant prefers to eat aphids, which are parasites on plants. Once again, this gets back to the protein diet preferred by ants. They will also eat termites, and can be an indication of termite infestation. They also eat human foods containing protein and sugar.
The odorous house ant gets its name because, when crushed, they emit a strong scent similar to citronella. Some say it smells more like coconut.
Their nests are often difficult to destroy, as they can infest vast areas of wall space. Repeated treatments may be required to kill off an entire colony and the eggs that hatch after initial treatments.
For odorous house ant treatment, call or schedule an appointment with All Solution Pest Control as soon as possible.
Pavement ants are very similar to the odorous house ant in size and appearance, and the two are often confused with each other. Ranging in length from 1/16 to 1/8 inch long, they are solid black. These are the ants most commonly referred to as “picnic ants” or “sugar ants”. The pavement ant prefers to nest outdoors, and only come indoors to look for food. These are the ants, too, that may overwhelm your dog run or other areas used by pets, because they eat the protein in the feces and leftover food from your pets.
Protein, sugar, and starch are the main diets of these pests, and infestation begins with a single ant. When the ant finds a reliable food source, it returns to the ant bed that produced it, and brings other ants. They establish a new bed, and the infestation spreads.
Call All Solutions Pest Control today to get rid of pavement ants.
The pharaoh ant is one of the most difficult species to get rid of. This tiny creature, ranging in size from 1/12 to 1/16 inch long, are red to yellowish-red in color, and will infest an entire structure. They are especially adept at finding sick rooms that have wound dressings, blood plasma, or other hazardous waste.
These ants will nest anywhere, indoors or outdoors. They will fill wall voids and cabinets, gaining access through any crevice. They will also nest in leaf detritus near structures. Leafs gathered in the valleys or gutters of your home can provide a home for this invasive species. In cold weather, they will move indoors, but in warm weather, they will easily live outdoors, swarming back into areas that had been previously cleared.
The pharaoh ant colonies have several queens. When sprayed with insecticide, they simply block off the treated nest and the healthy ants create their own colony.
If you think you have pharaoh ants, call All Solution Pest Control for immediate treatment.