All ants live in colonies, consisting of an egg-laying female (queen), short-lived males, and workers (sterile females). The ants you see foraging in your garden or kitchen are workers. Workers that find food communicate with other workers by depositing a chemical message on the substrate as they crawl back to the nest. Although we cannot smell it, this "trail pheromone" sticks to the substrate for long periods of time and helps other ants find the food at the end of the trail.
In the spring, ants develop wings and fly to new locations and invade homes to forage for food or to establish a new nest.
Termites also develop wings and swarm during the spring and look similar to flying ants. Examine them closely to make sure that you have the correct pest! Ants are thin-waisted and have elbowed antennae. Termites have thicker waists and have antennae that resemble strings of tiny beads. You may need a magnifying glass to examine antennal features.
As a group, ants have a wide food range, feeding on sweet foods, greasy materials, starchy substances, wood, and all kinds of plant and animal materials. Part of the reason that ants become a nuisance in our homes is that they often like the same kinds of food that we do.
Peerless Pest Control has been treating ant infestations since 1952. We use only the best up-to-date products to eliminate your ant infestation. Each situation can be very different and our technicians are highly trained to use the best solution for your situation. Our technicians will first talk to the client and ask questions about when and where they are seeing the particular ants. Our technicians will inspect both indoors and outdoors to identify the type of ant you are experiencing. Then after that, our technicians will come up with a detailed strategy to eliminate the problem. The technician may be able to simply find the colony and destroy it, spray a residual insecticide to kill the workers as they enter the home, use a granular bait on the exterior of the home, use bait stations near where the ants are being seen the most, or use a gel bait in all the areas they are being seen.
Carpenter Ant Control
Carpenter ants nest in moist wood including rotting trees, tree roots, tree stumps, and logs or boards lying on or buried in the ground. They can also nest in moist or decayed wood inside buildings. Wood decay may be caused by exposure to leaks, condensation, or poor air circulation. Nests have been found behind bathroom tiles; around tubs, sinks, showers, and dishwashers; under roofing, in attic beams, and under subfloor insulation; and in hollow spaces such as doors, curtain rods, and wall voids. Carpenter ants may also nest in foam insulation.
A parent carpenter ant colony sometimes establishes one or more satellite nests in nearby indoor or outdoor sites. Satellite nests are composed of workers, pupae, and mature larvae. A satellite nest does not require moisture because the workers do not tend eggs (the eggs would dry out without sufficient humidity). For this reason, satellite nests can be found in relatively dry locations, such as insulation, hollow doors, and sound wood. The workers of satellite colonies move readily between their nest and the parent colony. In late summer, winged reproductives (i.e. queens and males) may emerge from pupae transported into satellite colonies. They may appear in structures in late winter and early spring as they swarm from a satellite nest.
Peerless Pest Control's technicians have the correct tools and techniques to rid your home of these pests. The first thing our technicians would do is identify where the problem is occuring. Then use the correct measure to eliminate the colony. The technician may use insecticide dusts, liquid insecticides or granular baits to eliminate the problem at the source.