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Everything You Need To Know About: Ants

Ants crawling on leaves

One of the most important rooms in your home is the kitchen! From packing lunches and chasing kids out the door to the bus stop in the morning, chatting with spouses over a glass of wine, or enjoying family dinners around the table, the kitchen is really the centerpiece of your home. Don't let something as small as an ant cause a big problem!

Ants are some of the most pervasive pests in Northern Virginia, and it's not uncommon to discover them trailing through kitchen cabinets, countertops, family rooms, bathrooms, and other areas in the home where moisture and food exist. 

An ant problem can seem small, but a colony can be made up of over 300,000 ants in and around your home. This is why it's crucial to identify and treat the problem as soon as possible. Our pest control technicians are experts at identifying the source and extent of your infestation, no matter what species of ants are plaguing you.

Argentine Ants

Argentine ant colonies can grow to monumental size. Their colony borders sometimes cover entire habitats. Argentine ant queens also assist with foraging for food. The ant gives off a musty odor when crushed. Worker argentine ants are about one sixteenth of an inch long. Queen argentine ants are one eighth of an inch to one quarter of an inch long.

Caribbean Crazy Ants

Caribbean crazy ants get their common name from the worker’s habit of running in an erratic, jerky manner when searching for food.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. Carpenter ants range in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen.

Odorous House Ants

The odorous house ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. They can infest structures.

Red Imported Fire Ants

Red imported fire ants nest in soil and build mound nests. They can infest garages.

Don't waste precious time and resources on temporary solutions to your next ant infestation. 

Make ant problems a thing of the past!