Right now, in places deep below the ground; underneath pavement; under mulch; under piles of debris; and inside hollow trees, ants, thousands of ants, are becoming active. It’s true! Ants all across New Jersey are getting ready to mate, create new nesting sites, forage for food, and become a general nuisance for everyone. So now is the time of year when you need to act to prevent ants from seeing your home and property as a place that they want to hang out all spring, summer, and fall! In New Jersey, there are many species of ants that make our “most wanted” to control list. The most common species, some of which are not only annoying but dangerous and destructive, include the little black ant, pavement ants, Argentine ants, field ants, pharaoh ants, odorous house ants, and carpenter ants.
Little black ants, as their name accurately describes, are little and black. These ants are mainly a nuisance, but an infestation needs to be dealt with quickly because of their ability to invade homes and other buildings in large numbers, contaminating food sources found inside.
Pavement ant’s claim to fame is their habit of creating nests underneath sidewalks, patios, foundations, and concrete slabs causing damage. Pavement ants invade properties in very large numbers and have the ability to bite and sting.
Field ants are another species that are not only a nuisance but are dangerous as well because of their ability to deliver a powerful sting to people and pets.
Argentine ants are most often identified by the powerful musty smell that they give off when crushed. Also, Argentine ant colonies are massive in size, sometimes containing hundreds of queens.
Odorous house ants are another smelly species of ant found in New Jersey. The odor they emit is described as smelling like “rotten coconut”.
Pharaoh ants often invade homes, hospitals, and restaurants and have the ability to spread serious diseases and bacteria that can make people very ill. They are also known to contaminate food sources.
Carpenter ants aren’t dangerous to people, but they are very dangerous to the structures of homes and other buildings. They tend to invade water damaged structural wood, tunneling through it to create nesting galleries. If not stopped, the damage that they cause can be quite extensive.
The best way to prevent problems with ants in your New Jersey home is to be proactive and put in place a professional residential pest control program. In addition to getting help from the ant control professionals here at ChemTec, you can complete the following steps in and around your home to help deter ants.
- Trim back trees, shrubs, and landscaping from the exterior of your home.
- Leave a barrier between any grass and mulch and your home’s foundation.
- Place woodpiles and outdoor trash cans up off the ground and place them away from the exterior of your home.
- Reduce excess moisture by ensuring that your gutters are working properly and that any leaky indoor or outdoor pipes, fixtures, and faucets are repaired.
- Inside your home, reduce areas of clutter and make sure that garbage cans are regularly emptied.
- Quickly clean up spills and crumbs, wash dirty dishes every day, and store fruits and vegetables in the fridge.
To help you succeed in preventing the most unwanted ant species that call New Jersey home from invading your home, ChemTec offers home pest control programs that provide our customers with the services needed to eliminate current ant invasions and prevent future problems with these and other pests. We also offer very effective organic pest control options to control ants through our GreenTec program. Contact the New Jersey ant control professionals at ChemTec Pest Control today to protect your home and property from ants this spring and throughout the rest of the year!