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Pest Details: Ants

Ants come in more than twenty household varieties and have many tastes. Some prefer sweets, others like grease, and still others feed on insects and seeds. Consequently, do-it-yourself eradication with bait is often a trial-and-error effort. To get rid of these annoying indoor species that contaminate food and in rare cases bite humans and pets, find and destroy their nests and remove their source of food by practicing vigilant housekeeping and storing foodstuffs in tightly closed containers.

Carpenter Ants are frequently confused with termites because they, too, destroy wood. Unlike termites, however, they do not eat the wood, preferring instead to tunnel channels through it in order to enlarge their living space. Although a carpenter ant has wings, its front pair is much longer than the back pair; its termite cousin has two pairs of equal length. Another distinguishing feature of the carpenter ant's body is a pinched-in waist like that of a wasp.

If you find little piles of sawdust near the baseboards of your house, suspect that carpenter ants are at work. Since their nests are extremely difficult to find, we can help to determine the extent of damage and eliminate the colonies.

Carpenter ants like damp locations: underground, in dead stumps, and in firewood. They can be found inside wood structures where there are water leaks: around windows, chimneys, bathtubs, sinks, and drains. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat and digest wood. Ants tunnel through and live in wood.  While pressure treated wood can kill termites, it will not kill ants

Treatment for carpenter ants involves the application of materials into areas conducive to their activity and into known nests.

More About Ants...

Ants are one of the top pest problems in New Hampshire. Effective ant control can be difficult, but there are some things you should know about how ants behave.

Entry: Ants can enter your home of business through even the tiniest cracks, seeking water or food substances in the kitchen or storeroom areas.

Scent trails: All ants leave an invisible scent trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.

Ant Nest locations: They can nest about anywhere in and around your house; in lawns, walls, stumps, even under foundations.

Colony size: Ant colonies can an number up to 500,000 and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.

Colony Lifetime: A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.

Do-it-yourself treatments do NOT work:  Most homeant control approaches only kill the ants you see. Some truly effective treatments can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning. Also, home remedies donít account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments.



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