Ants and Their Control
Ants are among the most common insects. They're everywhere, it seems, especially during the warmer months.
There are many species of ants, but only a few of them are common pests of houses and other buildings in our service area. The rest of them pretty much stay outside and don't bother anyone.
The most common ant species we are called to control are carpenter ants, odorous house ants, and pavement ants, although we do get calls for control of other kinds of ants from time to time, such as citronella ants, acrobat ants, and pharaoh ants. Whatever your ant control problem, The Hitman has the skills and tools to solve it.
We use a variety of products and methods to achieve ant control. In keeping with our "green" approach to pest control, whenever possible, we use Dupont Arilon reduced-risk insecticide and bait, which we've found to provide excellent results.
Carpenter ants are common throughout the united states, and carpenter ant extermination is an important service in the Hudson Valley and throughout our service area. Carpenter ants are more economically significant than most other ants because carpenter ants cause damage to wood.
Carpenter antsdon't actually "eat" the wood like termites do, but they excavate galleries in the wood in which they live and raise their young. The damage they cause can become significant over time, so effective carpenter ant control is a necessary investment in the soundness of one's home.
We offer effective, fully warranted carpenter ants at reasonable prices throughout our service area. We use a variety of treatment methods depending on the structure, as well as the extent and nature of the carpenter ant problem.
Odorous House Ants
Odorous house ants are very small, ranging in size from one-sixteenth to one-eighth of an inch. They range in color from black to brown and live in colonies ranging in size from less than a hundred ants, to more than ten thousand, usually with multiple queens. Like ants in general, they are highly social insects with defined duties.
Odorous house ants usually live outdoors during the warmer months, but will nest indoors in warm, humid areas that are close to food sources. Ants living outdoors will also enter buildings in search of food, especially after rain storms, when the rain washes away the honeydew produced by aphids and scale insects. Odorous house ants have a diverse diet consisting of honeydew and other sweet foods, as well as living and dead insects and decaying organic matter.
Most people believe that pavement ants are called that because they're commonly seen on the pavement. Actually, that would be a pretty good reason; but the truth is that pavement ants get their name from the grooves on their head and thorax, which some people say look like a pavement surface.
Whatever the reason, the name is a good one, because pavement ants are often seen foraging along patios, driveways, steps, sidewalks, and other paved or concrete areas. They often live in the gaps between the underside of the pavement and the soil, as well as under rocks, logs, tree stumps, and other similar areas.
Pavement ants become structural pests mainly when they enter homes in search of food. They also can become an annoyance around outdoor eating areas such as patios and picnic tables.
Please contact us for additional information about ant control or any of our quality services.