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The Odorous House Ant…Stinky And Annoying

The odorous house ant is also known as the coconut ant or the stink ant.  These pests are appropriately named due to the stink that they emit when they are crushed.  The odorous house ant is very pesky and difficult to eradicate once it invades a human dwelling report Monmouth County, NJ exterminators.

On the exterior, odorous house ants build their nests under stones or in wood or debris pile.  These types of ants will be found traveling both individually and in trailing formation.  If you unearth a odorous house ant nest, the pests will scatter, grabbing any eggs that they can save.  Some ants will react in a defensive mode by standing on their back legs as if ready to fight until the death.

Odorous house ants often enjoy large colonies with over 10,000 members.  One reason that these ants have been successful at making large nests is because they have many queens producing eggs for the colony.  It is not uncommon for large nests to be split into multiple locations.  Once odorous house ants have found their way indoors, these ants will feast upon any type of human or pet food that they encounter.  Like other types of ants, the odorous house ant leaves a pheromone trail as it travels so that other ants are able to find their way into the chow line.  Pheromone trails can be interrupted by using soapy water to sponge up the stinky invaders.

Using store bought pesticides will kill odorous house ants on the surface but they will not reach into their nesting areas behind cabinets, in wall voids and under flooring.  A Monmouth County, NJ exterminator will be able to provide a protective barrier against these pests so that their chance of entering a home or business will be eliminated.

Pavement Ants Like To Make NJ Homes Their Home

When spending time outdoors many New Jersey residents may notice small mounds of dirt or sand that appear in between bricks, in driveway cracks, or along the seams of cement slabs.  While the mounds of dirt that appear may look small, they are a clear indication that the small brown or black pavement ants are hard at work building a colony below the surface.

Known for being territorial, pavement ants often invade other colonies in their quest to conquer their neighbors.   Humans or pets that happen to stand on or near the mound or trail of pavement ants are often alerted to their presence by the piercing bites that the ants will deliver.

Although unpleasant outdoors, an indoor invasion of pavement ants can be a challenge to eradicate report Monmouth County, NJ exterminators.  Considered to be nuisance pests, pavement ants will enter a home trough small cracks and crevices, gaps in the foundations, unsealed windows, and gaps in doors.

Pavement ants have a vast appetite for human food once they come indoors.  These pests will consume cheese, nuts, grease, and meat.  In addition, pavement ants have a sweet tooth and will also devour spilled juice or soda, cakes, candy, or ice cream.  Like many other types of pests, pavement ants will contaminate all types of surfaces and food products that they travel through.

New Jersey homes provide an excellent place for pavement ants to build massive nests inside of walls, behind cabinets, and in insulation.  Despite being a soil based ant species, the warmth of a heated NJ home can attract these pavement ants year round. Effective eradication of these pests, as well as other ants in New Jersey, can be obtained by hiring a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control.

The Memories Of Hurricane Sandy Linger On

When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in 2012 she left a path of destruction in her wake.  Communities throughout the state as well as neighboring states have undergone extensive repairs to their homes and businesses.  While water and debris removal were top priority, now many residents and business owners are faced with the remains of the trees that once stood proudly around their property.  While many trees were forced to the ground, many more were sheared off at different levels, leaving massive wounds to the trees.

As time has progressed, damaged trees have become a magnet for carpenter ants.  Trees that have fallen, and those that still stand damaged, are riddled with carpenter ants which are enjoying the opportunity to expand their colonies.  Carpenter ants work diligently to strip the bark off of the trees in large chunks, which will be seen littering the bottom of the tree trunk.  Upon inspection of the tree you will notice sawdust like material surrounding the tree and holes where carpenter ants of all sizes come and go as they perform their daily tasks.  If they weren’t so dangerous to have around, carpenter ants would be amazing to observe.

Carpenter ants invading a damaged tree may not initially appear to be a problem for a home or business owner.  As the colony grows in numbers, so will their need for space and the creation of more galleries and food sources.  Carpenter ants have been known to travel up to ¼ of an acre away from their nesting site to forage for food and scout for an additional nesting site.  Any home or business that is in close proximity to the carpenter ant nest is subject to an invasion from the wood destroying pests.

A Monmouth County, NJ exterminator can help to keep carpenter ants away from your house by inspecting for all types of pests and by providing a barrier treatment to keep all types of pests out of your home.  Call Allison Pest Control today for fast and professional help with your pest problems.

Odorous House Ants…The 24 Hour Pest

Their technical name is “Tapinoma sessile” but most people just know them as an annoying ant that can survive both inside and out.  The “odorous house ant” comes by its name with good reason because of the stench it emits when you squish it.  Doing so will reward you with a whiff of rotting coconuts.

The odorous house ant is a hardy ant which will live in massive colonies both indoors or outdoors.  Two or more queen ants work tirelessly to produce more than 100,000 worker ants and hundreds of reproductives.  Like many other ant species, odorous house ants feast upon the honeydew that is produced from mealybugs and aphids.  These ants work 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for the good of the colony.

During the early fall when honeydew is hard to come by, New Jersey homeowners often come under attack by an army of odorous house ants as they search for a replacement food source.  As the autumn arrives, these hungry ants will change their diet and consume dairy products, vegetables, meats, sugary foods, fruit juices, sweets, pet food, or any other food substance made available by humans.  As these pests hunt for food, they contaminate food sources and preparation areas.

Once odorous house ants find their way indoors, they will not leave on their own unless Argentine ants force them to move out, which would make for an entirely different ant nightmare.  Hiring a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator to create an exterior barrier against all types of pests will keep odorous house ants from nesting in walls, under flooring, and behind cabinets.

Pavement Ants Are Small But Pack A Wallop!

There is a wide variety of nuisance ants that exist throughout the United States.  Some types of ants prefer to live outdoors, others live outdoors and  will move indoors as they forage for food, and some types of ant colonies can only survive by living indoors.

Pavement ants are considered to be a nuisance ant.  They are one of the most common ant species that you will find throughout the United States.  These ants are active year round and can often be found trailing along the edges of pavements, along the curb, and in the cracks in the pavement.  Always on the hunt for a good source of food and water, pavement ants are often a problem for home and business owners during the winter months, but these pesky ants will not hesitate to invade a structure throughout the entire year.

Pavement ant colonies can have many queens which allow their colonies to become  quite large.  The typical colony ranges in size from 2,000 to 5,000 ants, but a colony has been known to be as large as 30,000 ants.  You know that you have pavement ants when soil is pushed up forming mounds of sand like soil. Different colonies do not tend to get along with each other so it is not  uncommon for colonies to go head to head against each other, fighting until one ant or the other is dead.

Some people are under the misconception that fire ants are the only ants that will give a painful sting.  If you disturb a pavement ant colony, the little ants will fight back by biting and stinging their offender!  Tough skinned people may withstand the attack without a problem, but soft skinned people will likely suffer the aftermath of the attack which feels like the skin is on fire!

Don’t allow pavement ants to have the opportunity to build a nest in or around your home.  Contact Allison Pest Control for expert New Jersey extermination services.

Avoiding Argentine Ants With A NJ Pest Control Expert Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Friday…

Argentine ants are omnivores which mean that they will eat most anything that they come across.  When massive colonies have been in place outdoors, these pests have proven to be a serious problem for most types of insects that they encounter.  Outdoors they seek out insects that emit sweet food such as honeydew.  Worker Argentine ants will protect aphids and scales on plants from all predators in their efforts to consume their sweet secretions.  When these invasive ants find their way indoors, they prefer to dine upon sweets and greasy household foods.

In areas that Argentine ants have invaded, they have been known for being able to overtake other species completely.  In a 2009 study by Ellen Van Wilgenburg, Johanna Clemencet, and Neil D. Tsutsui that was published by Royal Society Publishing, conclusions were found that a single encounter with a non-colony-mate tended to make the Argentine ants more aggressive to the other species.  The scientists also discovered that these ants become more aggressive towards other ant species as they aged.  This information is important to know because having Argentine ants in an area has proven to take over any area and displace or destroy other ant species thereby changing the naturally occurring ecosystem functions in the area.

Argentine ants are extremely difficult to control due to their massive numbers and their ability to multiply at an extremely fast rate.  Left alone, it is not uncommon for one Argentine ant colony to become large enough to invade many homes or businesses at the same time.  Argentine ants are not a do-it-yourself type of pest.  They require the help of a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control.