Workers are 1/16” to 1/8”. Their color ranges from brown to black. The pungent “rotten coconut like” odor gives of when this ant is crushed.
Colonies may be composed of several hundred to 10,000 ants. Inside, these ants usually construct their nests in wall voids, many times in close proximity to food and water sources such as the kitchen and bathroom. These ants prefer sweets, but also eat foods with high protein content and grease.
Location of nest is crucial and can often be accomplished by following the trail of foraging workers back from food source. Spraying of these ants is not advised in that it may splinter the colony and actually make the problem worse. Baiting is the preferred method of control, However sprays can be used if the colony is located to kill them immediately. On the exterior, keep leaves or other debris from the foundation area of your home where these ants can hide and go undetected.
On the inside, we will focus on the point of entry in the home/business with baits and dusts. We will also treat the basement and water source areas in the home for general pests. On the exterior, we will use crack and crevice materials to help prevent new ant activity from reaching inside. We will also make a 5-10” band treatment around the foundation to include where the foundation meets the soil and siding/brick to control ants and other crawling insects. This includes trimming windows, doors and garage door. Our regular service programs will maintain this barrier year round to keep these and other unwanted pests out.
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