Stomp Pest Control provides comprehensive ant control services in the Raleigh and greater Triangle area as part of our standard pest control packages. Contact us today at (919) 231-3292 to rid your home or business of ants and other invasive insects.
Why Choose Ant Control for Your Raleigh Home?
Ants have important ecological purposes. They serve as scavengers by cleaning up dead organisms, and they serve as an ideal food source for many lizards, anteaters, and other insects.
Just because ants have a handful of environmental benefits does not mean they belong in or around your home. Once ants invade your home, they can be destructive to food and property, introducing diseases and health risks to your family.
Ant Extermination for Multiple Species
Certain species of ants are dealt with differently than others, so identifying the species of ant is the first step we take. Understanding the specific species’ differences is imperative in order to craft an appropriate control strategy. In the Raleigh area, these are the common species we encounter:
Have been known to nest in warm building/area around 80°F (cracks in woodwork, envelopes, bed lines, bandage packs, paper stacks, etc.)
Attracted to grease, sweets, and meats
Commonly use electrical wiring and plumbing pipes as paths to move from room to room
How to Manage and Control Pharaoh Ants:
Reduce stored supplies of goods
Regularly clean food areas
Regularly rotate supplies to uncover potential nests
Closely examine dripping faucets
Place baits (gels and stations) to pinpoint where these pests may be foraging. Keep in mind, spraying these areas too soon will cause the colony to split up into smaller colonies, making termination more difficult
Odorous House Ants
Generally 1/8 inches long
Scientific name: Tapinoma sessile
Equipped with one node, 6 legs, and antennas
Can range in color from brownish grey to dark grey with a velvety sheen
Second most common ant found in North American structures
Known to be very odorous when crushed (can be crushed very easily)
Average colony ranges from 3,000 to 4,000 members with numerous queens
Prefer being near sweet areas such as flower nectar and honeydew-producing insects
How to Manage and Control Odorous House Ants:
Ensure nearby trees, branches and shrubs are cut back from the home (odorous house ants are notorious for entering homes this way)
Remove firewood and building materials from near the home
Inspect outside areas that are close to inside activity
Can range in color from pale yellow to dark brown, depending on age
Considered one of the most adaptable habitat-wise, know to create nesting sites in not-so-ideal areas
Creat underground nests, preferring cavities in dead tree branches, under stones, inside logs, etc.
Have high moisture needs
Give off a coconut-like odor when crushed
Are unable to sting, as they have no stingers
Colony sizes range from medium to large, with multiple queens distributed across existing nesting sites
Have been known to feed on dead insects
Most commonly found in kitchen areas of homes
How to Get Rid of Ghost Ants:
Ensure kitchens and moist areas are well-monitored
Maintain a well-groomed yard with little to no debris
Closely monitor electrical outlets for unusual activity
Overturn and rotate rocks and other objects used for landscaping
Little Black Ants
Scientific name: Monomorium minimum (Buckley)
Approximately 1/16″ long
Equipped with 2 nodes, 6 legs, and antennas
Can range in color from dark brown to jet black, though they’re typically jet black
Most commonly encountered between June and August
Typically found in Eastern United States and Southern California
Have been known to feed on grease, fruits, meats vegetables, oil, sweets, plant secretions, and corn meals
Commonly found in wooded areas, under rocks, in rotting logs, in woodwork, and masonry
Equipped with a stinger, but cannot actually sting due to their stingers being so weak
Have been known as one of the hardest species to exterminate
How to Get Rid of Little Black Ants:
Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home, though further away is more ideal
Regularly rotate and overturn rocks and other objects used for landscaping
Monitor any cracks in nearby cement and holes or crevasses in cement or masonry
Closely monitor electrical outlets and telephone jacks for unwelcomed visitors
Talk to Our Ant Control Experts Today
Our Raleigh area customers appreciate our comprehensive Six Step Process, low prices, and extensive guarantees. In addition to ants, our service also rids your home of spiders, roaches, and mosquitoes along with other pests and vermin. We take pride in providing effective solutions to our customers and strive to help you enjoy a healthy, pest-free home.
To schedule service or learn more about our ant extermination and control methods, call (919) 231-3292 or fill out our form below to request a free quote.
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