Our Pest Control Specialists serve New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The pavement ant (Tetramorium caespitum) is a common household nuisance. These aggressive, dark brown to blackish, and 2.5-4 mm long pests wreak havoc during early spring and summer as colonies attempt to conquer new areas and vent nests.
While this species does not pose a public health risk, the pavement ant will invade and colonize seemingly impenetrable areas. For example, pavement ants will contaminate a variety of items in your household such as seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts, ice cream and cheese.
The pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis) has grown to become a serious residential and commercial problem. These light yellow to reddish brown 2.0 mm long pests feature a darker abdomen, and are known to gnaw holes in silk, rayon, and rubber goods in search of food.
Most people make the mistake of using sprays and dusts when attempting to treat pharaoh ants. This tactic will cause the ants to scatter. Instead, proper treatment of any infestation requires bait traps in places where the species forages for preferred food like jellies, honey, shortening, peanut butter, corn syrup, fruit juices, baked goods, soft drinks, greases, dead insects and even shoe polish.
The citronella ant (Acanthomyops) is found mostly in New England and the Midwest. These large, 4-4.5mm long pests come in two colors: pale yellow to yellowish-red workers and brown winged ants called “reproductives.” The citronella ant prefers to nest in moist areas including rotting wood, soil, under stones, and crawlspaces under houses.
This species’ ability to fly makes some treatment especially tricky. Although a do-it-yourself strategy that includes the vacuuming of reproductives and immediate disposal the bag in addition to humidity elimination may prove effective, we recommend a thorough inspection by a knowledgeable professional to ensure proper eradication.
The carpenter ant (Camponotus spp) receives its name from a habit of hollowing out wood to build nests. This large 6.4-25.4 mm ant feeds on a wide variety of foods, and features a distinctive evenly-rounded thorax in different colors depending upon the species location. Regardless of location, the carpenter ant is commonly found in structures where leaks have occurred.
Locating a colony involves a moisture meter to identify wood containing more than 20% moisture content, and a stethoscope to listen for the species’ distinctive sound of crinkling cellophane. Once located, several different treatment techniques and combinations exist:
- The use of dust or aerosol insecticides in pre-drilled holes
- Removal of infested wood
- Sealing of exterior cracks
- Exterior perimeter treatment with residual wet-able powder or microencapsulated insecticide