“How can I get rid of ants in my house?” . . .
…is one of the most common homeowner complaints heard by insect pest control specialists. Ants invade the home to forage for food or seek shelter or both.
In the spring, ants develop wings and fly to new locations and invade homes to forage for food or to establish a new nest.
Ant infestations are not easy to control and different strategies should be used depending on nest location and food preferences of the ants. Ants can be controlled with a combination of good sanitation, removing pheromone trails, caulking entry points and eliminating active nests. Baits and other Integrated Pest Management techniques can be used to kill and destroy active nests, along with strategies used to prevent further infestation.
Carpenter ants are often confused with termites because of the amount of wood damage they cause. Carpenter ants feed on sources of protein and sugar. Outdoors, carpenter ants feed on living and dead insects. They are also very attracted to honeydew, a sweet liquid produced by aphids and scale insects. Aphids and scales feed on trees, shrubs, and other plants. Indoors, carpenter ants feed on meats, as well as syrup, honey, sugar, jelly, and other sweets. Carpenter ants DO NOT eat wood. They remove wood as they create galleries and tunnels and are very destructive.
Carpenter ants are one of the largest ants in California. While there are three common types of Carpenter ants, there is really only one thing a property owner needs to know: it takes a pest control professional to get rid of these hardy ants.
Pavement ants are a common household pest. Pavement ants feed on a wide variety of food. Sweets, including sugar, fruits, and syrups are very attractive to pavement ants; however, the will feast on nearly any food they find.
Most colonies are located under sidewalks, driveway slabs, and large rocks. Ants enter buildings through the smallest opening in foundation walls. These ants respond well to baiting.