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Ants are one of the most common insect

Ants

Ants are one of the most common insects found around us. You get them in homes as well as in office buildings. They are pests because they travel to all kinds of places, including garbage areas, and may carry germs on their bodies. In this manner, they transmit diseases and cause food poisoning. In addition, some ants inflict painful bites.

Ants are one of the most common insects found around us. You get them in homes as well as in office buildings. They are pests because they travel to all kinds of places, including garbage areas, and may carry germs on their bodies. In this manner, they transmit diseases and cause food poisoning. In addition, some ants inflict painful bites.

Pavement Ants

This ant gets its name from commonly locating its nest in or under cracks in pavement. They’re about 1/16-1/8″ (2.5-4 mm) long; queens about 3/8″ (8 mm) long. Colonies are moderate to large, averaging 3-4,000 ants and several queens.

Where you find them
Inside a building, pavement ants will occasionally nest in walls, in insulation, and under floors. The most likely place is in the building foundation and especially near some heat source. They often follow pipes which come through slabs for access to upper floors of buildings.

Outside these ants typically nest under stones, in cracks in pavement, and next to buildings. They enter buildings through cracks in the slab and walls, slab expansion joints, and the natural openings of buildings. Although not aggressive, workers can bite and sting. These ants feed on almost anything including insects, honeydew, seeds, plant sap, and household foods such as meats, nuts, cheese, honey, and bread, but show a preference for meats and grease. They forage in trails, and for distances of up to 30 feet (9 m).

Control

  • Keep all areas free of food debris. Pay particular attention to floors and the area around tables, chairs, kitchen sinks and cookers
  • Used utensils should not be left overnight, but washed immediately after use
  • Tie garbage in refuse bags before disposing
  • Wipe away spilled sweet drinks and food straightaway

    The professional approach would be:
  • Locate the nest(s) and treat with a residual insecticide.
  • Try to follow ants back from the food source.
  • Dust in the voids of outside ground-floor walls, treatment of cracks in the slab with a residual insecticide, and barrier treatment gives the best control
  • The direct injection with an appropriately labeled high-pressure aerosol (160 psi) into the entrance/exit opening in the crack or expansion joint of a concrete floor is extremely effective
  • Baiting may be necessary

Fire ants

These ants get their common name from their ability to inflict especially painful bites and stings. A mature colony can produce as many as 4,500 swarmers during the year. Queens live 2-6 years. Males die shortly after mating. Fire ants prefer food with a high protein content but will feed on almost anything, plant or animal. The fire ant has been known to remove insulation from phone and electrical wires, and to gnaw on clothing, especially if soiled. Particularly destructive to vegetation. Workers forage in established trails.

Where you find them
Fire ants are typically ground-nesting ants. Outside, the ants nest usually in the vicinity of the kitchen, under stones or other covering objects, or in the soil at the base of a tree or shrub, or in clumps of grass. Fire ants are attracted to electrical junction boxes of traffic signals, air conditioners, etc. When they mass around the electrical contact points, they cause the equipment to malfunction. They will also nest in gas and water meter boxes and then follow the pipes into the building .

Control

  • Keep all areas free of food debris. Pay particular attention to floors and the area around tables, chairs, kitchen sinks and cookers.
  • Used utensils should not be left overnight, but washed immediately after use
  • Tie garbage in refuse bags before disposing
  • Wipe away spilled sweet drinks and food straightaway
  • Locate the nest(s) and treat with a residual insecticide. Try to follow ants back from the food source. Dust in the voids of outside ground-floor walls, treatment of cracks in the slab with a residual insecticide, and barrier treatment gives the best control. The direct injection with an appropriately labeled high-pressure aerosol (160 psi) into the entrance/exit opening in the crack or expansion joint of a concrete floor is extremely effective. Baiting may be necessary
  • For best results, it is best to seek Anticimex’s help

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