Controlling ants in the home is not as easy as spraying Raid or concocting a home remedy with the hopes that the ants will disappear! Ants can be tricky. Why? Simply because there is more than one kind of ant that lives in Willow Grove and Montgomery County.  Some ants you need to bait for, some ants you need to spray for, some ants you need to control from the outside and inside. Ant control can be involved. So what are some of the ants in our community?

Odorous House Ants: Odorous house ants are dark brown to black in color and range in size from 1/16-1/8 inch.  Smell like rotten coconut when crushed. They have very large colonies. Like warmth and moisture, so may be found in kitchens and bathrooms. May take up to a week or two to gain control. Baits are best with non-repellant spray in selected areas.

Pavement Ants: Pavement ants are darkish brown to black in color and are about 1/8 inch long. Lives under slabs and pavements and make little mounds. They find their way into a structure through cracks and crevices in your home along the perimeter, so an exterior treatment is effective in their control.

Carpenter Ants: Carpenter ants are usually reddish black in color and 5/8 inch in size. They tend to build their nests outdoors in tree limbs or other wood structures. They will enter a home through wires or damaged window frames, etc and once inside can cause structural damage. They tend to set up shop in areas that have had or currently have water damage or dampness, excavating a gallery to live in. They are evening ants, seen most active at night and another sign of their presence is wood piles or frass that they leave outside their nests.

There are many other species of ants in the eastern part of the United States you may encounter and Grove Pest Control is happy to help with any of the above or any of the other many species you may be battling in your home. Give us a call today. 215-237-6831

 

 

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