Ants are one of the most common residential pests that plague Indiana homeowners. Learn more about common species you might encounter and how POW Pest Control can eliminate this problem for you!
There are over 130 ant species in Indiana. The main types of ants found in Indiana that pose a nuisance to homeowners and businesses are acrobat ants, carpenter ants, odorous ants and pavement ants. Learn more about these ants and how to get rid of them below.
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Acrobat Ants get their name from the way they raise their abdomen when disturbed. These ants (black or brown in color) can typically be found nesting both inside and outside of buildings.
They usually feed on the honeydew of aphids but will also feed on many alternative food sources. These ants can be difficult to control and will often be found nesting in rotting wood.
Carpenter Ants (normally black in color) get their name from their habit of hollowing out galleries in pieces of wood for nesting purposes. However, they do not eat the wood. Carpenter ants prefer rotted & moist wood, so moisture control is vitally important to protecting your homes.
Although these ants don't cause nearly as much damage termites, they can still pose a significant threat to your home or business.
Odorous House Ants get their name from the "rotten coconut-like" odor they give off when crushed. These ants readily infest inside structures. Colonies can range in size ofup to approximately 10,000 ants. They can typically be found in structural voids, floor gaps, paneling, and water damaged wood.
Pavement Ants get their name from where their nests are commonly located, in or under cracks in pavement or large rocks. Colonies can become very large. Although they are commonly found outside, this ant readily will forage inside structures and can construct nests inside.
Identification of ant species is critical in control. If one of these species of ant has invaded your home, contact the professional at POW Pest Control and receive a free quote today!
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