willow springs ant control

Ants are a common source of annoyance around homes and businesses. Most people try to rely on store-bought sprays and bait to get rid of them, but whether you see a trail of ants marching across your counter or you have fire ant hills in your yard, you need professional ant extermination to get rid of the problem.

Ant Control in Willow Springs

Ants are a necessary building block in the ecological food chain. They eat dead organisms and are a key food source for lizards and other animals. Just because they are necessary outside, they don’t belong in or around your home. Once ants invade your home, they can are a pervasive pest that gets into food, within the walls, and can even spread disease.

While black ants and other small varieties are a nuisance, fire ants are a real threat, causing painful bites and allergic reactions that can be especially dangerous for children. Even worse, children are more likely to get bites because they may not see the mounds while playing outside or walking around barefoot. To eliminate this problem and protect your family, we provide the same comprehensive fire ant extermination that we do for standard ants so you can feel confident in the safety of your yard.

Types Of Ants in The Triangle

We need to know what kind of ants we’re dealing with in order to fully exterminate them. Understanding the specific species’ differences is imperative in order to craft an appropriate control strategy. In the Triangle area, these are the common species we encounter:

  • Pharaoh Ants

    Identifying Pharaoh Ants

    • pharaoh ant exampleGenerally 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
    • Have been known to nest in warm building/area around 80°F (cracks in woodwork, envelopes, bed lines, bandage packs, paper stacks, etc.)
    • 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 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

    Identifying Odorous House Ants

    • Odorous ant exampleGenerally 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
    • Contact Stomp Pest Control to learn more about the pesticide product we have experienced consistent success with
  • Argentine Ants

    Identifying Argentine Ants

    • Oval-shaped
    • Scientific name: Linepithema humile
    • Approximately 1/8 inches long
    • Equipped with 1 node, 6 legs, and antennas
    • Give off 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 a blackish brown with a silky shine
    • Colonies are usually located in wet environments near a food source
    • Colonies often merge together as one, making them tougher to exterminate
    • 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
    • Originated from South America
    • Attracted to honeydew-producing insects, juices, nectars, and syrups, but have been know to each nearly anything
    • Have a history of contaminating food
    • Most commonly found in Southeast United States

    How to Get Rid of Argentine Ants:

    • Argentine Ant exampleInspect 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
    • Ensure all electrical outlets are clear from intruders
  • Fire Ants

    Identifying Imported Fire Ants

    • Imported fire ant exampleOval-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
    • Exist in numerous forms including winged males, winged females (queen ants), and workers
    • Originated in Brazil
    • First U.S. discovery was in Mobile, Alabama
    • Winged specimens can fly as far as 10 miles from the parent colony
    • Have been known to devour other less aggressive ants
    • Most commonly found in Southern United States, from Texas to Maryland and New Mexico to California

    How to Get Rid of Imported Fire Ants:

    • Keep an eye on nearby trash cans, as these ants love to infest them
    • Ensure nearby shrubs and vegetation is pruned and well-kept
    • Closely monitor all electrical outlets for unusual activity
  • Ghost Ants

    Identifying Ghost Ants

    • Ghost antGive 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
  • Black Ants

    Identifying Black Ants

    • Black Ant exampleUnevenly 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
    • 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

Contact Us for Ant Control in Willow Springs

Customer service is our highest priority, and we are dedicated to ensuring every customer is satisfied our pest control. To achieve that, we offer a comprehensive Six Step Process, low prices starting at $15/month, 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 reliable solutions so you can 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.