One or two ants aren’t a problem, but if you spot an unusually high amount of ants, call an ant exterminator immediately because you may have a brewing problem in the house. Ant inspection is a must for your home and peace of mind.
We get rid of ants from your home or workplace. In fact, ants are one of the biggest pest problems in Long Island and require professional ant control. Call today for a free ant inspection.
There are mainly three kinds of ants on Long Island. The Odorous House Ants, Pharaoh Ants, and most common, Carpenter Ants. Every ant species requires a unique treatment by professional exterminators. Don’t try DIY ant removal.
The Odorous House Ant is rather small compared to other ants but can become a problem. They seek food sources like meats in your kitchen and build nests in cupboards or your pantry.
Odorous House Ants are also known as sugar ants and people tend to remove them themselves. DO NOT Remove Odorous House Ants yourself. You risk splitting the infestation and creating more nests and a bigger problem. Always call a professional ant exterminator.
Pharaoh ants are also small but have a distinct yellow body with red and black marks. Their food source is crumbs, moisture, and spills.
Often Pharaoh Ants enter your home through unsealed windows or doors and that’s where you can spot them.
When trying to remove pharaoh ants yourself, the ants hide in deeper cracks and spread the problem further rather than helping it. Please call Woody’s Exterminating, Long Islands Ant Exterminators instead.
Carpenter ants are most common on Long Island and are one of the biggest pest issues. They can bring bacteria into your home and contaminate your food or hygiene products like toothbrushes or toothpaste.
Carpenter ants are pretty large and have a dark black, brownish body with a big belly.
In addition to Odorous House Ants/Sugar Ants or Pharaoh Ants, Carpenter Ants are not just dangerous to your food and hygiene products, but also to wooden areas in your home.
Are there fire ants on Long Island? – No, luckily fire ants and bullet ants don’t live on Long Island. Both ant species have painful bites that can cause rashes and infections.
It’s important to understand what attracts ants to see the signs. Removing ants requires professional pest control services.
Ants are clever insects. When in search of food, ants will randomly discover a food source through one scout ant.
After trying and validating the food, the scout ant will return to its nest and leave a pheromone trail behind. Other ants from the colony will travel along the pheromone trail back to the food source (your home). They will come and go until there is no more food left.
The pheromone trail can become permanent when not removed professionally and monitored carefully by an ant exterminator.
Single ants are usually not a problem but as explained above, single ants head back to the colony and nest to share the food source.
An ant infestation is usually easy to recognize simply due to the fact that there are many ants in one spot or traveling along a line.
Ant season on Long Island starts in spring and goes into the summer. Most ants infestations start around March and April. It’s advised to get an ant inspection as early as possible to prevent further infestation of your home or workplace.
As mentioned earlier, ants leave a pheromone trail behind that guides ants to the food sources. Ants can also split when being removed and spread throughout the direct and indirect infested area. Ensuring a long-term solution, Woody’s Ant Control offers an active pest management plan year-round to protect your home from ant infestations. Get full coverage for one year on ants.
Termites aren’t an ant species but are one of the biggest Long Island pest problems. Learn more about termite inspections.
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