antAnt infestation is the most common pest problem reported. These tiny scavengers will enter your home or business looking for moisture and an accessible food source. Sometimes, rotting or damp wood that has mold damage can also attract ants. These tiny insects also feed on sugar, cheese, meats, vegetables, grease, peanut butter, and dead insects.

Ants often enter a home through cracks around windows or doors, but they can find numerous entrances to your home or building. Once inside, the growing ant colony can become a problem quickly, as ants mature from juveniles to adults within a matter of days.

There are thousands of species of ants, but only four are commonly found species in the United States. It is necessary to properly identify the ant species that you have before an effective means of extermination can be used to eradicate them.

Carpenter Ants: are about 5/8" long, make burrows in damp wood, but can go from there to damage solid wood. They do not eat the wood, but simply remove it for nests.

Red Imported Fire Ants: vary in size from 1/8" to 3/8", make large mounds for nests; and give a painful sting.

Pavement Ants: are about 1/8" long; make their nests in cracks in pavement; and can infest a building.

Pharaoh Ants: are about 1/16" long; commonly found in hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, apartment buildings, etc.; and are capable of transmitting Staphylecoccus and Psuedomonas infections in a hospital setting.

Ants with wings can often be mistaken for termites - which may lead to a wrong treatment. Ants have a very narrow thorax (mid-section), while termites' bodies are more uniform.

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