Found all over the world are tiny insects that are commonly recognizable as ants. With hundreds of different species, there are bound to be ants in your backyard. In Pennsylvania, there are species that you will likely see, and these include carpenter ants, pavement ants and odorous ants. Considering this, we at Stewart Termite & Pest Control would like to briefly share the basics of these three species today.
Carpenter Ants Damage Wood in House
Carpenter ants are sometimes referenced as sugar ants and often confused with termites. These ants are attracted to old, damp wood where these pests mainly chew out tunnels for nesting through old. Unlike termites, they do not eat any of the wood but will significantly compromise the integrity of the wood. Carpenter ants have a soft spot for sweets and meats as well as devouring insects. Carpenter ants are a problem in homes since they compromise their structural integrity by gnawing away at the wood, though some view them as beneficial because they insects in the wild by helping dead and dying trees through the decomposition process. Carpenter ants measure about 5/8″ long and vary in black and dark brown.
Odorous House Ants
When they are crushed or feeling threatened, odorous house ants release a stench hence their name. These ants are usually brown and the strong odor that is released resembles a rotten coconut. Anywhere food is left out, such as kitchens, picnics, or anywhere else where crumbs have been left behind after a meal frequently attract the odorous ants. Odorous ants include honeydew from aphids and mealybugs as well as pastries, cooked or raw vegetables, and fruit juices, sugary foods, meats as well as dairy products. In length, odorous ants tend to measure from 1/20th of an inch to 1/8th of an inch.
Rightfully named, pavement ants are known to make their nests in the pavement. These ants have been known to invade concrete structures like homes and businesses in addition to settling in the cracks and crevices of sidewalks and other paved surfaces. Measuring about 1/8th of an inch in length, pavement ants are dark reddish-brown to black in color. Though they will bite when provoked, these ants are normally docile and are more of a nuisance. Pavement ants are omnivorous and have a weakness for sweets and meats. They also include grease and honeydew from aphids in their diets as well. Pavement ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food.
Though most ant species do not pose a major health risk, they can be more than obnoxious to have inside your home. No matter what type of ants you believe you have in your Philadelphia home or business, you can count on the certified pest control technicians of Stewart Termite & Pest Control. Our experts are formally trained, have the experience, and use advanced equipment and products to ensure the ants are efficiently eliminated from our home. Call Stewart Termite & Pest Control and let our friendly staff ensure that any ants that are infesting your home or business are effectively removed.