Most Common Home Ant Species

Ants are one of the most common pests that invade homes. They can be a nuisance and sometimes even cause damage to your property. Understanding the species that are likely to invade your home can help you take the necessary actions to prevent and control infestations. At On The Fly Pest Solutions, we specialize in identifying and eliminating these pests to keep your home ant-free.

Common Home Ant Species

1. Odorous House Ants

Description: These ants emit a foul odor when crushed, often described as a rotten coconut smell. They are small, about 1/16 to 1/8 inch long, and dark brown to black in color.

Habitat: Odorous house ants prefer moist environments and are often found in kitchens and bathrooms. They can nest in walls, under floors, and even in insulation.

Diet: They are attracted to sugary foods and can often be seen trailing to and from food sources.

2. Carpenter Ants

Description: Carpenter ants are larger than most other ant species, ranging from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. They are typically black but can also be red or a combination of red and black.

Habitat: These ants are wood destroyers. They create smooth, clean galleries in the wood where they nest. You might find them in decaying wood, wooden structures, and even trees around your property.

Diet: Carpenter ants feed on protein and sugar, including insects and household food items.

3. Pavement Ants

Description: Pavement ants are small, about 1/8 inch long, and can vary in color from dark brown to black. They have grooved lines on their head and thorax.

Habitat: True to their name, pavement ants usually nest under sidewalks, driveways, and building foundations. Indoors, they are often found in basements and along walls.

Diet: They are omnivores and eat almost anything, including sweets, greasy foods, and dead insects.

4. Pharaoh Ants

Description: Pharaoh ants are tiny, measuring about 1/16 inch long. They are light yellow to reddish-brown with a darker abdomen.

Habitat: These ants prefer warm, humid environments and are often found in wall voids, behind baseboards, or inside appliances.

Diet: Pharaoh ants are attracted to sweets, proteins, and fats. They can spread diseases since they are known to forage in unsanitary areas.

5. Argentine Ants

Description: Argentine ants are medium-sized, about 1/8 inch long, and light to dark brown in color. They are known for their large colonies and aggressive nature.

Habitat: These ants prefer moist environments and are often found near water sources like sinks, pipes, and potted plants.

Diet: Argentine ants have a sweet tooth and are particularly attracted to sugary foods and liquids.

How We Can Help

At On The Fly Pest Solutions, we offer comprehensive pest control services tailored to address your unique ant problem. Here’s how we can help:

1. Inspection and Identification

Our trained technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of your home to identify the type of ants and locate their nests. This is a crucial step in developing an effective treatment plan.

2. Customized Treatment Plans

Based on the inspection results, we’ll create a customized treatment plan targeting the specific ant species invading your home. Our treatments are safe for your family and pets, yet highly effective against ants.

3. Prevention Tips and Follow-Up

We don’t just eliminate ants; we also provide you with tips to prevent future infestations. Our technicians will identify potential entry points and advise on steps you can take to keep ants out. Regular follow-up visits ensure that your home remains ant-free.

4. Eco-Friendly Solutions

We prioritize eco-friendly pest control methods to minimize the impact on the environment. Our solutions are designed to be sustainable while effectively managing pest problems.

Why Choose On The Fly Pest Solutions?

  • Expert Knowledge: Our team has extensive experience and knowledge in dealing with various ant species.
  • Customized Solutions: We tailor our pest control plans to meet your specific needs.
  • Prompt Service: We understand the urgency of pest problems and provide prompt and efficient service.
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed: Your satisfaction is our top priority. We stand by the quality of our work and guarantee effective results.

Don’t let ants take over your home. Contact On The Fly Pest Solutions today to schedule an inspection and take the first step towards an ant-free home.

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