Ants can be very difficult to control. They are one of the most abundant groups of insects. They normally live underground in colonies but will invade structures for food and/or water. There are about 700 different species of ants that occur in the US. All ants species have different biology and habits, so knowledge of each species is necessary for effective control. Controlling ants inside a home or business can be extremely overwhelming! At Nova Pest Control, we understand the pest’s biologies and habits to safely and effectively keep your family protected from these structural invaders.
Carpenter ants are the most common house pests in the United States. These ants thrive in moist environments, so they are commonly found in dead wood outdoors or near indoor water sources like sinks, crawl spaces, or attics.
Pharaoh ants enter homes where there are crumbs, spills, or dead insects. These ants can be tough to keep out of the house, since they can enter in through small cracks in walls and poorly sealed doors. They usually find their way into pantries with sugary foods and proteins.
You may currently have fire ant mounds in your yard or you’ve had an unfortunate run in with these firey pests! Believe it or not, a fire ant colony can be home to hundreds of thousands of fire ants. Fire ants are very territorial and attack anything it feels threatened by which is why they sting upon contact.
Odorous House Ant
Odorous House ants live in colonies with more than 100,000 ants. These ants usually find their ways into homes during season changes where outdoor food (plants, honeydew, etc.) become limited. They go for high-sugar foods, fruit juices, vegetables, dairy, and meats.
Leaf Cutter Ant
Need help identifying a leaf cutter ant? Just look for the long line of ants carrying leaf cuttings! They truly live up to their name in the fact that they prune vegetation and actually help the plants they are gathering supplies from!
Big Headed ants, like fire ants, build mounds from displacing soil to build their colonies. They typically feed on insects and seeds, but tend to find their ways indoor to snack on high protein foods, sugary foods, meats, pet foods, and fruit juices.