If you were lucky enough to avoid ants in your house this winter, be careful because spring is just around the corner! As the weather changes and it gets warmer, New Rochelle will be home to millions of emerging ants! Known to be home to several types of ants, some of the more prominent kinds are odorous house ants, pavement ants, carpenter ants and pharaoh ants. Each bringing their own problem, ant control is something that all homeowners should consider. Here is a look at the different ants located in New Rochelle, the problems they present, and what you can do about them!
Odorous House Ants
Hence the name, they stink! When squished, the odorous house ant emits a foul stench (Sometimes related to the smell of rotting coconut). Usually colored in between brown and black, the odorous house ant is commonly found inside homes foraging for food. Odorous house ants are generally in between 1/16” and 1/8” in length.
Similar in size to the odorous house ant, pavement ants also are commonly found seeking out food inside your home. These ants will build colonies within the cracks and crevices of pavement and can easily find their way inside through cracks in foundations that oftentimes might go unnoticed.
While many ants are a nuisance more than anything, the carpenter ant is much, much more! Arriving by the colony, carpenter ants chew through the wood in your home at an extremely rapid rate. If unnoticed, and often times they are, carpenter ants will do damage to the extent of weakening the structure of your home! It is extremely important that you get these ants out as quickly as possible! Carpenter ants can usually be identified due to their size. At up to a 1/2” long, the carpenter ant can be double the size of the other ants.
Quite possibly one of the most dangerous ants, pharaoh ants are not only known to carry and transmit harmful pathogens, they can even enter wounds and IV lines, elevating their threat level. At 1/16” in length or smaller, pharaoh ants can enter through the tiniest of spaces, as well as hide in them. They are light yellow to reddish brown in color and build nests as an extension of their colony. These nests can often be found inside of homes and buildings.
With their small size, large numbers, and the never-ending variety of locations you might find them, taking care of ants will usually require professional help. Here are a few tips that can help.
Remove standing water (leaking pipes, puddles, buckets)
Fix leaks to alleviate moisture damage (pipes, around windows and doors)
Keep gutters clean and clear to avoid debris build-up and water damage
Seal up cracks and crevices in foundations
Keep wood stored away from the house and shrubs cut back so they are not touching it
Install door sweeps on exterior doors
Keep food stored in tight-fitting lids
Always clean up spills and messes quickly and thoroughly
Crucial to taking care of an ant infestation, is identifying it. Our pest professionals will do exactly that, and during the process, will assess any damage that may have already been done to your home. By both identifying the ant and the problems it has caused or will cause, allows us to treat your infestation quickly, effectively, and safely. Our ant control is offered as a year-round service, which means once we treat for ants, we will come back periodically to check our work. That way, you will not have to worry about ants and other common pests invading your home throughout the year. With our year-round pest control, we also extensively focus on both the entirety of the outside and the inside of your home. With two protection packages to choose from, you can decide which package best satisfies your pest control needs! To make it easy and efficient, we offer a free quote and same day service. If you have ants, call Parkway Pest Services today and let us help you keep your New Rochelle home free of ants this spring!