Ants are the #1 pest in the country. They can be seen on counter tops and near pet feeding dishes and throughout the home. Ants may build nests in wall voids and some can cause considerable damage. Ants may contaminate foods in the pantry. These little invaders should be dealt with as soon as they are detected.
There are many different kinds of ants: Crazy Ants, Pharaoh Ants, Red Imported Fire Ants, Ghost Ants, Carpenter Ants, Big Headed Ants, just to name a few.
Odorous house ants are small ants about 1/8th inch long and dark brown in color. They are found throughout the U.S. and in spite of their name, are only an occasional pest in the house. Their name comes from the disagreeable odor similar to the smell of rotten coconuts that is given off when the worker ants are crushed.
Odorous house ants commonly nest outdoors in the soil under stones, logs, mulch, debris and other items. They will also nest indoors in wall and floor voids, particularly in moist or warm areas. If only a few workers (wingless ants) are observed in the house it is an indication that they are nesting outdoors and entering the house in search of food. If winged swarmers are found indoors, or if workers are consistently seen in great abundance, it likely indicates they are nesting within the house
The Ghost Ant also known as the Black Headed Ant is very tiny, usually less than 1/16 of an inch in length. The Ghost Ant has a grayish white thorax and a black head. It can be hard to see on some surfaces in the home because of their pale, almost opaque abdomen.
The Ghost Ant prefers a warm climate, so Florida is a suitable place for these ants to thrive. Places in the home you may find the Ghost Ants are in wall voids, cabinets, the soil of potted plants and running along the baseboards. The Ghost Ant typically nests outside in plant soil, under rocks, in and around firewood, logs, and tree cavities.
The Red Imported Fire Ants get their name from their ability to inflict painful stings. These reddish brown ants are an invasive species found everywhere in the southern U.S.
The Red Imported Fire Ant builds large mound nests that are flattened and irregular in shape. They are between 2 and 4 square feet in size and are often introduced into new areas through potted plants, tees, shrubs, and sod. They usually nest in soil near structural foundations or in landscaping. Although these ants are most often found outdoors they can gain access to buildings through foundation cracks, windows, and improperly sealed doors.
The Fire Ant will sting humans who disturb it's nest.The sting can be very painful and often results in a raised welt that becomes a white pustule. Most often when a person disturbs a Fire Ant mound the person will experience several stings from more than one ant. Some people have severe allergies to the sting of a Fire Ant and will require medical attention and / or antibiotics.
Inspections around the home to prevent the ant from entering is the first step to prevention of an infestation. Sealing any and all ways they might enter the home is paramount. Granular baits can be broadcast around the home's exterior. Keep wood debris piles away from the house along with keeping the lawn mowed and trimmed around the home. In severe infestations you may employ the help of a pest control professional who may also recommend chemical treatments in conjunction with the above mentioned methods.
Crazy Ant gets its name from the way it runs around erratically, seemingly with no purpose. (like it lost its mind) This is very different from other ants that usually trail uniformly. The Crazy Ant is opportunistic in its nesting habits. They will use virtually any crack or crevice to build a satellite nest, moist or dry, they don't care. They can be found outside in the landscape under mulch or timbers, in logs or rocks, just about everywhere. Inside they will nest in wall voids, items stored or left alone for long periods.
Although the Crazy Ant seems to be wandering aimlessly they really do have set trails for foraging. They are omnivores and feed on many foods like grease and sweets. A Crazy Ant pest management program must include correcting conducive conditions. Locating and treating colonies and targeted treatments with a residual. In many cases the home owner will need to call in a pest control professional, like Safari Pest Control, who will inspect, devise a pest management plan, and educate the home owner of their role in controlling the Crazy Ant.
Pharaoh Ants are also known as "sugar ants." You will find them during the day. They cease activity at night and begin each day of work at around 8 am.
Pharaoh ants are tiny, honey colored ants with black and red markings on the abdomen. They have multiple queens and sub-colonies. New colonies spring up by budding. Budding is when a group of reproductive and worker ants leave the original colony to start their own. The budding process is why this particular species are so hard to control and eliminate.
Pharaoh Ants, being extremely small, can be found in various places. They will nest in places such as buildings, homes, green houses, hospitals or nursing homes, nesting in recessed areas like cracks, crevices, wall voids, under appliances, in outlets, and under carpets. You may also find them in and around your pet food dishes. These ants carry and can transfer pathogens and more than a dozen dangerous bacteria.
This ant is found almost worldwide. It is found in the southern parts of Florida, but may inhabit the whole of Florida. The Pharaoh Ant can only subsist outside in the subtropical areas such as Florida and Hawaii.That means that if you have them, they are probably in your home.Pharaoh ants do not build mounds or carve out galleries in wood. In the home you will find the Pharaoh Ant trailing in and out of cabinets and on counter tops in the kitchen or around toilets, drains, and sinks in the bathroom. They can chew their way into packaged foods, contaminating them. The Pharaoh Ant will search for sweets, fats, and proteins which is why sanitation is a key part of the extermination process. These petite little pests will also eat other insects.
Combined with sanitation, the best method of Pharaoh Ant pest control is a thorough inspection and the placement of dual type baits. (sweet and protein) Spraying chemicals indoors should only be done strategically in cracks and crevices and voids. A good perimeter spray may help some, or the use of granular baits will work also. If you try to do it yourself you may create a larger problem for yourself. (A colony of pharaoh ants will scatter if a toxic substance disturbs it, creating multiple problems where there had been only one. In controlling pharaoh ants, it is often advisable to seek a specialized pest control professional.)
Acrobat Ants are similar to carpenter ants but much smaller. When viewed from above, the abdomen is heart shaped. When viewed from the side, the abdomen is raised above the main part of the body. These ants vary in color, from yellowish brown to dark brown. The abdomen is darker than the rest of the body. They have a stinger, but are not a health concern, as they hardly ever sting or attempt to sting.
Then name 'acrobat ant' comes from the way they sometimes hold their abdomens up in the air when threatened or running. It appears as if they are performing an acrobatic stunt. They also emit a strong odor when disturbed.
Acrobat ants do not build typical ant mounds in yards like other ant species. Outside they prefer to live in decaying logs, stumps, and hollow tree cavities. Indoors they look for voids, including abandoned carpenter ant nests, termite galleries, and insulation. Acrobat ants are the most dominant arboreal ant species in the forests of Northern Florida.
Carpenter Ants are often called Bull Ants. They range from black to reddish brown in color. Size may vary from 1/4 to 3/4 inch. You may see either wingless workers or winged reproductive ants from the colony. A Florida Carpenter Ant looks like a Termite, but it is not. One of its unique characteristics is its large size.
As Carpenter Ants bore their nest they leave behind piles of saw dust like material called frass. Faint clicking or rustling sounds within walls may also be an indication of the presence of carpenter ants. The Carpenter Ant left unchecked can nest in the home causing significant damage to framing, sheathing or even furniture. Trails are more often found along carpet edges, door frames, fence tops, etc...
An occasional ant does not indicate the presence of a nest in your home. Scouts from the nest will travel up to the length of a football field to find food. Continuous or numerous ants are a more accurate sign of nesting. If you suspect an infestation, you should have an inspection as soon as possible to avoid any further damage.
Call the best, Safari Pest Control, in the Tampa Bay and Plant City area to perform a thorough inspection, locate the nest and destroy the pest. We use the most effective and safe chemicals to remove these pests. With a combination of baiting and spraying we can eliminate the Carpenter Ant, guaranteed! We have the best indoor / outdoor treatment program, creating a barrier on the perimeter, around windows, doors, cracks and crevices where the pest may try to enter. Our inside treatment will kill the ants that make it in. Our products are the best on the market. The ants walk through the product and carry it back to the nest where they groom each other killing all they come in contact with.