Identification of which type of ant is causing problems is the first step in optimal treatment. Different ants require different treatment, and since there are more than 30 species of ants in the U.S., it’s important to know which type of ant you’re encountering. Other factors to consider for best treatment approach include the surrounding environment, the type of problem, and the season. Some ants typically establish multiple colonies, and those ants may require additional service visits for complete eradication.
Complete Exterminating specializes in ant control services for all types of ants encountered in our area of the Pacific Northwest – so if you’re having trouble with odorous house ants (also known as sugar ants or soil ants), fire ants, pharaoh ants, carpenter ants, moisture ants, or any of the more obscure ants in our area, you may rely on our expertise.
Odorous House Ants (or Soil Ants)
A common household pest, Odorous House Ants (also called sugar ants or soil ants), range from 1/12″ to 1/8″ long. These food-seeking pests will nest in window sills, subfloors, inside walls, in basements, along water pipes and walkways, under stones, and even in attics. These ants can often be found in kitchens or bathrooms, and they give off a foul “rotten coconut” smell when squashed.
The destructive Carpenter Ant measures about 1/2″ in length, and can cause significant damage to wood. They are attracted to moist wood, and can enter your home through convenient openings, such as electric, cable TV, and telephone lines. They can be found in doors, subfloors, windows, attics, and voids between kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and have been known to contaminate food. If disturbed, these ants will bite. They have blackish bodies and since they tend to be quite large compared to most ants, they are often confused with termites. Regular maintenance and inspections are vital in eliminating these stubborn pests.
Another potentially destructive pest is the Moisture Ant. Like the Carpenter Ant, the Moisture Ant also destroys wood. These ants are smaller than Carpenter Ants, measuring only about 1/8″ in length. They are lighter in color, and have telltale bumpy backs with a larger dip between the abdomen and the thorax. Moisture Ants like to nest in and around windows, within crawlspaces, behind bathtub walls, under slabs, and in exposed wood roofs. Their nests, called cartons, are brown and filled with holes which fill the voids created within their nesting spaces.