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Seeing Large Yellow Ants – What Are They?

Have You Seen This Type of Ant?
Have You Seen This Type of Ant?

When ants are on the march in your home, it’s nice to know which species you’re dealing with. One ant with a distinctive attribute that stands out from the others is the large yellow ant known as the Citronella ant, Acanthomyops interjectus.

About Citronella Ants

This species gets its name from the citronella or lemon-like odor the ant gives off when it’s defending itself or when it has been crushed. While the ants are also known as yellow ants, their color can range from reddish brown to a yellowish hue.

While ants play an important role in the environment as scavengers, recyclers, and pollinators, if they take over your home, they become a major nuisance. They’re known to have a sweet tooth, especially for honeydews.

Citronella ants are larger than most species with a body length of 3/16 inch long. The queen is approximately 5/16 inch long with a more pronounced darker reddish color. She mates from April through September making nests in concealed areas, foundations, and rotting wood.

When unwanted bugs are in and around your home, you need the services of a Tom’s River exterminator. Our staff at Allison Pest Control has the experience, tools, and treatments to put a stop to ant antics. Give us a call and we’ll set up an appointment to get your pest problems under control quickly and efficiently with the help of an experienced Tom’s River exterminator.

What Are Sugar Ants? Do You Have Them?

Do You Have Sugar Ants?
Do You Have Sugar Ants?

Sugar ants are small ants that can cause big problems if they find a way into your home. Sugar ants get their name from their appetite for sweet foods, although they eat just about any other kind of food as well.

Identifying Sugar Ants

Sugar ants are small ants that can grow up to 0.6 inch long. Winged males are brown or black, while worker females are a pale yellow or reddish color. If you have sugar ants in your home, you’ll most likely see them in your kitchen. These ants are drawn to crumbs that are lying around, especially sugary ones. You might also find these ants in your bathroom, where they’re attracted to water sources.

Keeping Sugar Ants Away

If you have sugar ants, don’t hesitate to get help from Allison Pest Control, your Freehold exterminators. You can lower your risk of attracting these ants by doing the following:

• Clean your kitchen sink. Make sure the sink is dry, and wash dishes instead of leaving them sitting.

• Mop your kitchen floor each night in summer. This helps get rid of crumbs and pheromone trails that sugar ants leave.

• Wipe off your counters. Don’t leave any bits of food on your kitchen counters for sugar ants to find.

Are you battling sugar ants in your kitchen? Want to win? Contact Allison Pest Control, and our Freehold exterminators will win the battle for you.

Top Ant Pests in Monmouth County New Jersey

Ants May Be Strong... But Show Them You Are Stronger!
Ants May Be Strong… But Show Them You Are Stronger!

At Allison Pest Control, our Monmouth County carpenter ant control services help keep NJ homes free of these pests. Carpenter ants are just one of the common ant species that cause problems for NJ homeowners. They top the list of top ant species in NJ.

Carpenter ants: These big black ants, which can be between a quarter-inch to a half-inch long, tunnel through wood inside homes. This can lead to significant structural damage over time as these ants keep building their tunnels and nests.

Argentine ants: These are small ants that have light or dark brown coloring. Argentine ants are an invasive species that displace native ant species. These ants multiply quickly, making them hard to eliminate.

Pharaoh ants: These are reddish or golden brown ants that are tiny in size. Also known as sugar ants, these ants feed on sweet foods. Pharaoh ants, which typically nest in kitchen areas near food sources, carry salmonella and other harmful diseases.

• Odorous house ants: These ants are a dark brown color and very small. They emit a foul odor when they’re crushed. Odorous house ants are usually found outdoors, but they can invade homes.

When you have an ant problem in your home, the experts at Allison Pest Control can help. Contact us for Monmouth County carpenter ant control or for help with any other ant problems in your NJ home.