Types of Ants
Argentine ant colonies can grow to monumental size. Their colony borders sometimes cover entire habitats. Argentine ant queens also assist with foraging for food. The ant gives off a musty odor when crushed. Worker argentine ants are about one sixteenth of an inch long. Queen argentine ants are one eighth of an inch to one quarter of an inch long.
Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. Carpenter ants range in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen.
Odorous House Ants
This ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long.
Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. They can infest structures.
Red Imported Fire Ants
Red imported fire ants nest in soil and build mound nests. They can infest garages.
(Source: National Pest Management Association, Inc. January 2010.)
Antidote for Ants
How to Get Rid of Ants
Depending on whether the ants are inside or outside your home, here are some suggestions on how to get rid of ants:
Place ant bait stations wherever ants appear, including inside your cupboards, pantry, along dishwashers, under sinks, etc. Then leave them alone for a number of weeks.
Sprinkle granular ant bait around ant hills, along ant trails, again anywhere they appear. Pets will not be injured by these baits. The ants quickly take the bait below ground to the queen, destroying the colony.
If you are unsure whether what you see is actually ant activity, feel free to stop by any one of our stores and describe your pest problem. Our staff will not only help you to identify the problem but also provide you the do-it-yourself products and know-how to stop it.