Springtime is prime ant season and they will start entering your home searching for food. With as many as two dozen and considered pests and more than 700 different species of ants, you are likely to find an ant or two in your home this season.
Ants can contaminate food, bite if they feel threatened and damage your property. This make them more than just a pest, they are really a nuisance for homeowners.
There are two types of ants in and around New England that homeowners should lookout for this spring:
Odorous house ants get their name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell they give off when crushed. Odorous house ants like sweets and are found in exposed soil and wall cracks. These tiny brown ants range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long. Odorous house ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided.
Carpenter ants typically tunnel into soft wood to build their nests and need a constant water source to survive. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. These are large ants ranging in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen. This species can cause significant property damage.
If you notice either of these ants on your property, contact A1 Exterminators and we will send out one of our ant pest control specialist to assess your property.