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Indoors & Outdoors Ants
  • Acrobat Ants are usually 1/8-1/2" long and dark brown to black in color. Like Carpenter Ants they tend aphids and mealybugs for the honeydew and they also feed on other insects. They can be found in stumps, rotten logs, old carpenter ant galleries, wet roof boards, house siding, porch rafters, pillars, sill plates-any part of a structure where the wood does not dry out. They may also be seen feeding in kitchens.
  • Pavement Ants are around 1/8" in length and found throughout the midwest. They nest outside under rocks, at the edge of pavement, door stoops and patios. They commonly move their colonies inside between the foundation and the sill plate. These are the ants that make piles of sand seemingly overnight.
  • Odorous Ants get their name because of the foul odor that is released when they are crushed. While small in size 1/8", their name because of the foul odor that is released when they are crushed. While small in size 1/8", their colonies usually consist of 3,000-4,000 ants and several queens. They can nest in many types of cavities and and known for the long lines of ant trails we often see. They prefer sweets.
  • Pharoah Ants are only 1/16" long and are usually yellow or light orange in color. They prefer warmer buildings and warm areas (80-85 degrees F.) for nesting. They are active all year round, nesting in wall voids, cracks in woodwork, stacks of paper, bed linens and even desk drawers. They also trail one another and are atracted to grease, meats, insects and sweets.
  • Little Black Ants are 1/16" long and black in color. They are usually found outside tending honeydew producing insects such as aphids and mealybugs.
  • Thief Ants are less than 1/16" long, shiny and yellow or slightly darker in color. They are found inside and outside and also tend honeydew producing insects such as aphids and mealybugs.

 

As you can see ants have a broad diet, feeding on sugars, grease, other insects and honeydew. Once you understand these pesky insects you can turn the odds in your favor.

 

Ants leave scent trails indicating where the prime food and water locations are. Understanding that simple fact gives you a huge advantage in the battle against them.

 

Prevention methods;

 

        1. Use a mild bleach solution (1 part bleach-10 parts water) to wipe down your countertops and appliances. This eliminates their scent trails!

 

        2. Dispose of overly ripe fruit or store fruit in the refridgerator.

 

        3. Store food supplies in tight fitting containers, ie; dry pet food, sugar, cereals, etc.

 

        4. Caulk cracks and entry points ie; windows, doors, electric wires, pipes, etc.

 

        5. Remove and replace decaying or damaged wood.

 

        6. DON'T store your firewood in your house, basement, garage or even stack it next to your house!

 

        7. Rake the leaves and debris away from your house and remember to CLEAN your gutters and downspouts at least once a year!