Getting Rid of Household Ants Around Home or buildings
Most ants constricted at the waist, and 1/8-1/4″ long. If you find ants that are larger than about 3/8″ they are probably carpenter ants. You may also occasionally see ants with wings (all species), these are the so called reproductives.
Do-it-Yourself pest control or hire professional pest removal
DIY treatments may be able to divert ants which have not established a colony, for long-term removal or large-scale infestations a professional ant exterminator may be more cost effective.
Costs of ant removal
The cost to remove ants yourself can be quite low. The price of a liquid ant killer or an ant trap runs between $15 and $20.Professional exterminators can charge between $200 and $7,00 to completely eliminate ants.
Keeping ants out of your home, building or business
The first step to prevent an ant infestation: clean house. If you see scout ants in your home, Make sure you don’t leave any food out and keep all kitchen surfaces clean.make sure you’ve closed off possible entry points, including sealing small cracks in your walls or under windows. Start by caulking potential entry points, such as window casings.
The common types of ants in Seattle king and pierce county washington
House-invading ants, nuisance ants or simply house ants are the small tiny little black ants,Big black ants, and the light brown, red yellow ants.
Finding, Identifying infestation of household ant nests
Ants typically invade your home for one reason: food. Most feed on sugary or greasy items.
Little black tiny small sugar ants
Pavement and odorous ants are commonly also know as little black sugars usually found in kitchens and bathrooms of homes, business and multiplex buildings.
Pavement ants are reddish brown to black; workers are about 1/8 inch long.pavement ant feed on variety of foods including meats, pet food, sweets, bread, nuts, and insects.
pavement ant nest in soil under sidewalks, driveways, stones, logs and other concealed sites. Also commonly found under homes with concrete slab construction; ants enter homes through cracks in the concrete.
Odorous house ant Description: Odorous house ants give off an unpleasant smell when crushed; some people compare it to rotten coconuts. Odorous house ants are brown to dark brown; workers are about 1/10 inch long.
Odorous house ants feed on Sweets, especially honeydew, and insects. When honeydew is in short supply, odorous house ants can forage indoors for sweets and other foods, including meats.
Odorous house ants nest in soil under stones, boards, patio blocks, mulching plastic, and nearly any other object laying on the ground. They can nest in homes in walls voids and under floors. Odorous house ants do not cause structural damage to buildings.
Big black ants
Big black ants also known as Carpenter ant ants are the largest ants in the seattle washington. They are black, or red and black; workers range in size from 3/16 to 1/2 inch. They also feed on meats or sweets, including honeydew, syrup, honey, sugar, and jelly. Carpenter ants do not eat wood; they chew wood into sawdust in the process of creating galleries and tunnels.Small piles of wood shavings called “frass” found under windows or door frames are signs of carpenter ants. carpenter ant will nest in all types of moist or rotting wood, including trees or tree stumps, indoors behind bathroom tiles; around tubs, sinks,showers, and dishwashers; under roofing, in attic beams, and under sub floor insulation; in hollow spaces such as doors, curtain rods, and wall voids; and in soft polystyrene and other forms of insulation. Carpenter ant tunnels are clean and smooth, making the wood appear that it has been sandpapered. In contrast, termite tunnels are not clean looking, but are packed with dirt like material.
Cornfield ants are very abundant outdoors. They are light to dark brown; workers are about 1/10 inch long. cornfield ant feed on Sweets, including honeydew (they are sometimes found feeding on honeydew from insects infesting houseplants) and live and dead insects.cornfield ant nest in soil, forming small craters, especially in lawns. They also nest in soil under stones, bricks, sidewalks and other concealed sites, as well as rotting logs and stumps.