Stomp Pest Control provides comprehensive ant control for residents and businesses in Raleigh and beyond. If you’ve been dealing with pesky ants that return again and again, it’s time to contact the professional ant extermination team at Stomp Pest Control. Our affordable pest control packages have been carefully crafted for homeowners who are price-conscious but don’t want to sacrifice quality.

Benefits of Professional Ant Control for Your Home

Like most animals and insects, ants serve ecological purposes. From cleaning up dead organisms to being a palatable food source for other animals, ants play a large part in our ecosystem. The problem arises when ants find their way inside your home or take over your yard. As soon as you notice an ant in your home whether it’s crawling on the wall or stealing food from the pantry, it’s time to implement effective ant control. Your pets, children, and family can be inconvenienced by these pesky insects that love to take over a yard and put a dent in outside playtime.

When it comes to implementing affordable and effective ant control on your property, you can experience the following benefits:

  • More enjoyment outdoors – from hosting an outdoor cookout to spending time with your family outside, the last thing you want is to be impeded by ants.
  • Stomp Pest Control has the experience and pest control measures to kill ants at the source
  • Our products are safe to use around children and pets
  • If ants somehow find a way back into your home or yard, we’ll re-treat the area for no additional cost

Signs You Need an Ant Exterminator

If you’ve been using common ant killers, such as ant bait or spray, you’re killing what is known as “worker ants.” Worker ants serve one purpose — they find food sources, such as inside your home or in your yard near a garbage can where food is readily accessible. Eradicating worker ants is a great way to slow down your ant problem, but you won’t be treating the source— the queen ant. The queen ant is the sole instigator of ant problems, both inside and outside of your home. The worker ants simply find food and carry it back to the colony where the queen lives. Until the queen ant is killed, you will continue to experience unwanted ant infestations. If you’ve tried to kill ants yourself but find them returning each season, it’s time to outsource the work to an ant exterminator who can treat the problem at its source.

Ant Extermination for Multiple Species

Certain species of ants are treated differently than others, so identifying the species of ants is the first step our ant exterminators take. In the Raleigh area, these are the common species we encounter:

  • Pharaoh Ants

    • Generally 1/16 inches long
    • Scientific name: Monomorium pharaonis (Linnaeus)
    • Equipped with two nodes, 6 legs, and antennas
    • Can range in color from yellow to orange
    • Most commonly found in urban centers
    • Are known to nest in warm buildings and areas around 80°F
    • Active year-round
    • Attracted to grease, sweets, and meats
    • Commonly use electrical wiring and plumbing pipes as paths to move from room to room

    How to Manage Pharaoh Ants:

    • Reduce stored supplies of outdoor supplies, such as tools and light-weight structures
    • Regularly clean food areas
    • Regularly rotate supplies to uncover potential nests
    • Closely examine dripping faucets
    • Request professional ant control services
  • 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
    • The second most common ant found in North American structures
    • Known to be very odorous when crushed (can be crushed very easily)
    • The 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 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
    • Seek out professional ant control services
  • Argentine Ants

    • Oval-shaped
    • Scientific name: Linepithema humile
    • Approximately 1/8 inch long
    • Equipped with 1 node, 6 legs, and antennas
    • Exude an unwelcoming and musty odor when crushed
    • Have been known to build colonies consisting of several hundred thousand workers
    • Can range in color from brown to blackish-brown with a silky shine
    • Colonies are usually located in wet environments near a food source
    • Have been known to build shallow nests under stones, beneath plants, boards, or alongside sidewalks
    • Will likely seek shelter when the weather becomes too wet or too dry
    • Most commonly found in the Southeast United States

    How to Get Rid of Argentine Ants:

    • Inspect foundation soil and well-mulched areas with moist soil
    • Follow any potential trails to identify entry points into your home and/or nests
    • Check out nearby shrub stems and plant leaves for any honeydew-producing insects
    • Remove any moisture and sweet food sources, when possible
    • Seek out ant control services in your area
  • Fire Ants

    • Oval-shaped
    • Scientific name: Solenopsis invicta
    • Approximately 0.094 and 0.236 inches long
    • Equipped with 2 nodes, 6 legs, and antennas
    • Can range in color from a vibrant red to dark brown
    • Commonly introduced into new areas through potted plants, shrubs, and trees
    • Have been known to gain access to buildings through HVAC systems and AC units
    • Typically nest in soil near structural foundations or in landscaping
    • Have the ability to painfully sting predators
    • Create and inhabit mounds
    • Winged specimens can fly as far as 10 miles from the parent colony
    • Have been known to devour less aggressive ants

    How to Get Rid of Imported Fire Ants:

    • Keep an eye on nearby trash cans as fire ants tend to infest them
    • Ensure nearby shrubs and vegetation are pruned and well-kept
    • Closely monitor all electrical outlets for unusual activity
    • Request professional ant control to eradicate fire ants at the source
  • Little Black Ants

    • Unevenly rounded
    • 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
    • Are known to feed on grease, fruits, meats vegetables, oil, sweets, plant secretions, and cornmeal
    • 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
    • Are 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
    • 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
    • Implement professional ant control services

Talk to Our Ant Control Experts in Raleigh Today

At Stomp Pest Control, our team undergoes continuous training to ensure your property is treated with superior products in a professional manner. In addition, we carefully crafted and implemented a comprehensive Six Step Process from inspection to aerial defense to effective communication ensuring you are happy with our ant control services. In the event your home needs to be re-treated, our team will do so with no questions asked. To get started with our ant control services, give our team a call today at (919) 231-3292 or fill out the contact form below.