Ants control

Ant colonies also have soldier ants that protect the queen, defend the colony, gather or kill food,     and attack enemy colonies in search for food and nesting space. If they defeat another ant colony,     they take away eggs of the defeated ant colony. When the eggs hatch, the new ants become the “slave”     ants for the colony. Some jobs of the colony include taking care of the eggs and babies, gathering     food for the colony and building the anthills or mounds.

Carpenter Ants get their name because they build their nests in wood. That can cause significant damage  to the wood in your house. There are nine types of carpenter ants throughout the U.S. and  range  in size from one-quarter inch (about the width of a pencil) for a worker carpenter ant to three-quarters  of an inch (about the size of a quarter) for a queen carpenter ant.

Carpenter ants build nests anywhere they can find water and moldy or damp wood, such as tree stumps,     firewood or in the plants around your house. Carpenter ants also build nests inside, usually entering     buildings through wet, damaged wood, although it isn’t uncommon for them to adapt to drier environments.

Odorous House ants gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smells it gives off when crushed and the  fact that they commonly nest in or around houses.

Odorous house ants commonly nest outdoors in the soil under stones, logs, mulch, debris and other items. They will also nest indoors in wall and floor voids, particularly in moist or warm areas. If only a few workers (wingless ants) are observed in the house it is an indication that they are nesting outdoors and entering the house in search of food. If winged swarmers are found indoors, or if workers are consistently seen in great abundance, it likely indicates they are nesting within the house.

Odorous house ants regularly forage for food along well-traveled trails. They feed on dead insects, sweets and meats. One of their favorite foods is the sweet honeydew produced by plant sap feeding insects such as aphids and mealybugs.

Pavement ants can live inside, they get their name because they make their nests in or under  cracks in pavement. Most colonies are located under sidewalks, building slabs, and large rocks. Ants enter buildings through cracks in foundation walls and interior slabs. It is common to see sand piles and small soil particles in structures near cracks in concrete slabs or at the top of foundation walls where the ants deposit debris from excavated nests. Similar piles are seen in the warmer months at the cracks in sidewalks.

Pavement ants feed on a wide variety of food. Sweets, including sugar, nectar, fruits, and syrups are readily taken. Grease, dead insects, and small seeds also are collected and stored in the nest. Nearly any morsel of food that falls to the floor will be consumed.


  • Eliminate standing water. Pests, such as ants, mosquitoes and termites, are attracted to moisture.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home.
  • Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.

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