In just a few hours, ants in search of food and water can enter your home in large numbers. They will quickly infest your food and soon you’ll have ants all over the place. Products sold over the counter may kill the ants you spray. However, they will not eliminate the thousands of ants that are outside and making their way into your home or business.
These are the most common type of ant found in the East Bay Area and Central Valley. They are very small at only about 1/8” long and tend to be dark brown in color. Argentine Ants typically invade homes and businesses at night searching for food and water and you’ll find them just about anywhere that food and water are found. Common areas include sinks, food cabinets, dishwasher, and trash cans. Argentine Ants are most attracted to sugary foods and protein-rich foods.
Odorous House Ants
These ants get their name from the fact that if you smash one between your fingers it will give off a strong odor. Like Argentine Ants, Odorous House Ants are about 1/8” long and prefer sweet and protein-rich foods. Their color ranges from dark brown to shiny black. Outdoors they often make shallow mounds. When they get inside a building they typically make their nests in walls.
Velvety Tree Ants
Ranging in size from 1/8-1/4 inches long, Velvety Tree Ants tend to be a bit larger than Argentine Ants and Odorous House Ants. Their red to orange midsection also makes them easy to distinguish from ants that commonly invade homes. Velvety Tree Ants live in dead wood and feed on insects and anything sweet.
These ants live outside or indoors. Once inside your home they will nest just about anywhere, including in your walls, behind baseboards, in closets, and under potted plants. They are tiny at just 1/16 of an inch long and range in color from honey yellow to orange. They tend to prefer sweet, fatty, and protein-rich foods.
These ants also live outdoors or indoors. Outside they are typically found under rocks or around decaying wood. Inside you will usually find them behind wallboard and baseboards and they like greasy food and sweet food. They are extra tiny at just 1/32 of an inch long and they range in color from yellow to light brown.
Red Imported Fire Ants
While they typically live outside, they are occasionally found in wall voids. They build nests that look like a pile of dirt. They are about 1/15 inch long and they are reddish brown with a dark brown abdomen.
These ants are found outside. They are very tiny at just 1/25 of an inch, reddish brown, and create mounds that look like a pile of dirt. For food, they like just about anything sweet or high in protein.
McCauley Ag & Pest Ant Control
Your McCauley Ag & Pest technician will perform a comprehensive inspection before treating the interior and exterior of your home. Our technicians are trained to treat the most important areas with highly effective products. We use both exterior and interior treatments to eliminate the ant colony and create a perimeter to keep ants out of your home or business.
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