TWO TYPES OF ANTS THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE
Some ant infestations should never be ignored due to their ability to cause structural damage or endanger the health of humans. Though there are some home remedies that can be put to use to assist you in eliminating and preventing further invasion of these types of ants—there are none that we would recommend. Over the counter products will not leave the residual needed to prevent future invasion, and more importantly, it is essential to have a licensed pest control technician inspect your home for any structural damage incurred. Below, are a few tips for identifying these pests.
Concern: These ants chew through wood causing structural damage to buildings, which in turn can result in unsafe dwellings for humans.
Size: Carpenter Ants are polymorphic—meaning they can vary in size. Workers are between a ¼” and ½” long and the queens are between ½” upwards to 7/10”.
Color: PNW Carpenter ants vary in color. Some are black, others have a red thorax with a black gaster and head, some have reddish legs, and others are light brown.
Identification: Because of the variation in size and color it is important to closely inspect an ant for features that are distinct to the carpenter. Choose the largest worker ant to inspect. Look for a head that is wider than the thorax (mid-body), an evenly convex thorax can be seen upon a side view inspection, and a notch on the mid-body.
Concern: Moisture ants are found in rotting wood and can accelerate the deterioration process. Evidence of moisture ants are almost invariably a sign that there is existing structural damage that needs to be repaired and/or replaced.
Size: Moisture ants are monomorphic-meaning they are all the same size—approximately 4-4/5 mm.
Color: Yellow to dark brown.
Identification: In addition to size and color-when crushed the moisture ant emits a lemony scent—much like citronella.
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