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ANTS

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CARPENTER ANTS

Carpenter ants can do a number on soft or damaged wood elements of a home although they don’t consume wood as a part of their diet. Carpenter ants are common across the country and are between ¼ of an inch to 3/4 an inch long. They are among the largest type of ant there is in the United States. They come in a range of colors depending on the species and because of the damage they do to wood, they can often be confused as termites. When left untreated, carpenter ant infestations can become quite severe as they will be spending time developing large nests within the inner workings of wooden structures. A good sign that you are dealing with carpenter ants is by finding frass (wood shavings, small wood particles which carpenter ants excrete while burrowing). Frass can be found indoors in piles and around door frames. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your carpenter ant problem.


CRAZY ANTS

Due to their erratic behavior and movements, crazy ants are one of the toughest pests to control once they invade a home. This behavior is what earns them the name of “crazy” ant. Crazy ants appear to wander aimlessly and don’t follow specific trails like other ants. If left untreated, crazy ant populations can very quickly get out of control. Crazy Ants are either brown or black and can be identified by their extremely long, 12-segment antennae and extra long legs. Crazy ants can nest in small cracks and crevices and voids and particularly enjoy damp areas to hang around. Crazy ants have a versatile diet and are predators, foragers and scavengers. Once inside a building, they immediately begin searching for food and will readily search for foods containing sugar. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products needed to eliminate your crazy ant problem.


ARGENTINE ANTS

This species of ant, as the name suggests, were brought over from Argentina during the 1890s aboard ships that carried coffee and sugar.

Argentine ants are 1/12 to 1/8 inch long and are a dull brown color. They are an aggressive species of ant and are known for creating super colonies which can number into the thousands. The Argentine Ant is relentless in its search for food, and when indoors they will go to great lengths in their search including entering refrigerators and other hard to reach places. Argentine ants are also attracted to moisture and will even seek the moisture of human bodies by entering beds while we sleep. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your Argentine ant problem.


ODOROUS HOUSE ANTS

Having ants on your property or invading your home stinks. But there is a type of ant species that can make the experience of an ant infestation stink LITERALLY. Odorous House Ants are native to the United States and get their name due to the foul odor they emit when stepped on or crushed which smells similar to that of rotten coconuts. They typically enter homes in large numbers after heavy rains to seek solace from flooding conditions. Odorous House Ants like to forage both day and night and are most attracted to sweet tasting foods like honeydew from plants, syrups, fruits and other sugary foods. They are often nicknamed “sugar ants” because of their affinity for sweets. When indoors, these ants usually build their nests in wall voids, especially around moist and damp areas such as around water pipes sinks, cupboards and crevices. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your house ant problem.


ROVER ANTS

One of the most common ant problems that can occur in a home is an infestation by Rover ants. Rover ants are very small and can range from pale blond to dark brown in color. They look slightly different from other ants in that they have 9 segmented antennae and an uneven thorax.

Outdoors, rover ants can be found on the soil and tend to set up nests under mulch, in places of heavy vegetation such as gardens as well as rotting wood, under rocks or potted plants. Rover ants are able to easily enter through home by traveling through pipes, cracks, windows and doors or by climbing over tree branches close to the home. Indoors, they are common in areas that are high in moisture, such as bathrooms or around plumbing and water heaters as well as kitchens. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your rover ant problem.


ASIAN NEEDLE ANTS

Ant problems are becoming a rising problem for homeowners and the type of ants that are embarking upon homes aren’t the usual ones that come to mind, like the Asian Needle Ant. Asian Needle Ants aren’t your normal run of the mill ant. Asian needle ants are about ⅛ of an inch long. Their bodies are black or light brown with their legs and mouthparts are either light brown or yellow. They have segmented bodies and a well-developed stinger which can be quite painful and even dangerous to those who suffer from allergic reactions from ant bites. Asian Needle ants usually enter homes in search of both food and damp areas where they can hang around. Because of their aggressive nature, they can also venture onto lawns and gardens and take out ladybugs, caterpillars, and even bees, which are beneficial to gardens and encourage pollination. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your Asian needle ant problem.


VELVETY TREE ANTS

Velvety tree ants, as their name suggests, like to reside in or on trees but they can get comfortable around your home if the conditions are right for them. Velvety tree ants are red on their top half, and are shiny black in color on their abdomen which is where they get “velvety” part of their name from. Velvety tree ants share a similar characteristic with the Odorous House ant in that, when crushed, they emit an unpleasant odor. They are also on the larger side compared to other ants reaching almost an inch long. Velvety tree ants are biters and can attack you while you’re doing yard work. On top of biting, they also inject a poison which can be quite painful and is comparable to a scorpion sting. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products to successfully eliminate your velvety tree ant problem.


BIG HEADED ANTS

Big-headed ants are light brown to dark reddish brown in color, and have two distinct sizes of worker ants. One size is an ⅛ of an inch long, has an enormous head and is referred to as the major worker. The minor workers are 1/16 of an inch and do not have large heads but can be recognized by their head shape, which narrows abruptly behind the eyes.  

Big-headed ants are more common in warmer areas of the country and are a particularly large problem in Southern states like Florida and Texas as well as Hawaii. Big-headed ants are also soil-dwelling ants and are known to nest under logs or rocks or even under the slab of a building. They often enter structures through cracks or seams in the foundation and around windows and doors. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products to successfully eliminate your big headed ant problem.


PAVEMENT ANTS

As their name suggests, these ants live and nest around pavement. Large colonies can be found in the cracks and crevices of pavement. Pavement ants can often be confused with little black ants due to having a similar appearance and color, however, they could also be light brown. The way to differentiate between the two is their size as pavement ants are slightly bigger. Pavement ants range between 2.5 to 3 mm long, with parallel lines on head and thorax. Like the little black ant, they also have 12-segmented antennae with a three-segmented club. It is usually hard to control these types of ants because their nests are hard to find since they are usually in cracks and crevices in sidewalks and driveways and are difficult to reach. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products to successfully eliminate your pavement ant problem.


FIRE ANTS

Fire Ants (also known as red ants) are regarded as one of the most dangerous and troublesome species of ant that can be found in the United States. Fire ants are also one of the only species of ants whose sting can cause serious reactions to people and give off a burning sensation on the skin, hence the name they are given. People often confuse fire ants as biters, but what they actually do is pinch the skin to lift it and then inject their toxin to the pinched skin. Fire ants are very aggressive in nature and they can build up the population of their colonies alarmingly fast with colonies reaching numbers as high as 250,000. Fire ants also create visible mounds that can be rather large. They are a large threat to pets, people and livestock. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products to successfully eliminate your fire ant problem.


PHARAOH ANTS

 

 

Pharaoh ants are rather tiny, about 1/16th of an inch long. They are yellow to light brown in color and have dark to black abdomens. What makes this ant so difficult to control is that they are intuitive and prolific in spreading their population and growing colonies. Unlike most ants, Pharaoh ants prefer to nest indoors over outdoors. Like many other ants, pharaoh ants primarily like to eat sweets and sugar-based foods as well as food that is really greasy. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products to successfully eliminate your pharaoh ant problem.




LITTLE BLACK ANTS

Little black ants are mostly jet-black but can also be dark brown. The workers are as small as 1.5 mm in length, and queens can measure up to 4 mm. They have a 12 segmented antennae as well as a three-segmented club. Little black ants like to dwell in wooded areas, most notably in decaying wood or in sidewalk cracks. In yards, they build their nests under rocks, in rotting logs, and under piles of bricks or lumber. While they prefer to live outdoors, little black ants can build their nests indoors under the right conditions. Their nests have been located in the homes of homeowners usually in woodwork, wall voids, decaying wood, masonry, and behind facades. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products to successfully eliminate your little black ant problem.



LEAFCUTTER ANTS

Leaf cutter ants get their name due to their habit of cutting into leaves and carrying pieces of leaves around.  Leafcutter ants are known to damage residential areas but are also considered an agricultural pest and do a lot of damage to vegetation when they infest areas in heavy numbers. Leafcutter ants prefer to live in warm areas, and unlike other species of ants, leafcutter ants cultivate and feed on fungus within their nests. While leaf cutter ants are usually a problem in rural and agricultural areas, they can also travel to urban areas and be a problem for homeowners because of their ability to rapidly defoliate lawns and gardens. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products to successfully eliminate your leafcutter ant problem.

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