The ants occur throughout the state of Washington and are the most common moisture ants in home structures. These ants frequently appear associated with rotting wood in houses. While several species may bring moisture into the wood structure to increase damage, the colony initially started in wood in an advanced stage of decay. Do not consider these ants a structural pest as the problem invariably existed before the colony was established. Remove the decayed wood and replace it with sound material while correcting the condition that led to the decayed wood in the first place. These ants will construct galleries from the rotting wood within which they feed. Do not confuse these galleries with the more linear tubelike tunnels made by subterranean termites.
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Most pest species are yellow; they can vary to a rather dark brown, from 3–5 mm long. These are monomorphic species having workers all the same size. Maxillary palpi are long and five-segmented. Colonies usually found in soil. They feed on sweet materials, attend aphids for honeydew, and become a general annoyance factor around homes. Reproductive swarming usually occurs late summer to early autumn. This widely distributed genus contains several species of pest status.
Moisture ants are an easily recognized group of social insects. The workers are wingless, all possess elbowed antennae and all have a petiole (narrow constriction) of one or two segments between the thorax and the abdomen. Most ant colonies are started by a single, inseminated female or queen. From this single individual colonies can grow to contain anywhere from several hundred to several thousand individuals.
Ants produce reproductive forms usually at one time of the year (spring or fall, depending on species and colony disposition). Colony activity at the time of reproductive swarming is high, with winged males and queens and workers in a very active state. The queen and males fly from the colony and mate. Shortly after mating, the male dies. The inseminated queen then builds a small nest, lays a few eggs, and nurtures the developing larvae that soon hatch. When adult workers appear, they take over the function of caring for the queen and larvae, building the nest and bringing in food for the colony. Colonies may persist for 20 years or more.
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Ants. They're a problem.
No matter how your home is constructed, where it's located, or how old it is, it could be invaded by ants. Expansion joints, foundation cracks, and tiny gaps around plumbing are all opportunities for pests to enter your home. It's a frustrating problem for millions of homeowners. In fact, ants are the number one "nuisance pest" in the U.S. and one that seems to multiply faster by the hour. They enter homes because that's where the food and water are.
Chances are that the ants in your house actually have their nest outside yet travel back and forth for food and water. So, since they live outdoors, it makes sense to control them there.
Termidor Ant Control is applied to the exterior foundation walls of your house, creating a treated area of protection.
Why are Termidor and Phantom the best pesticides for getting rid of ants in your home or commercial building?
An effective ant control program begins by conducting a thorough inspection by a pest control expert who can determine the best extermination treatment program for ant removal in your home, yard or commercial building. After the inspection, an integrated pest exterminator plan that includes the Inside-Out Program may be recommended. Inside-Out offers effective control with two leading-edge products: Termidor for undetectable ant control outside and Phantom for undetectable control inside.
Undetectables: A Proven Solution.
In the past several years, the professional pest control industry has been revolutionized by new control technologies, especially in the area of nonrepellents or "undetectable" liquid treatments. Unlike older insecticides, undetectables can't be smelled, tasted, or even felt by pests. So they crawl through the treated area, not knowing that by ingesting treated materials or merely contacting the insecticide, they'll die.
Termidor is unique because ants not directly exposed to the Termidor-treated area will be controlled as they come into contact with affected ants. This "Transfer Effect" means you'll see its effects on ants in one to three days, most species will be removed within the first week following treatment and 100% will be eliminated within three months. Plus, Chuck Sullivan Exterminators provides a worry-free All Pest Service Guarantee.
Termidor and Phantom are the best way to get rid of ants in your house or yard and are pet friendly and safe for children.
Moisture Ants are INCLUDED in the All Pest Service guarantee.
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