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The Trick To Getting Rid Of Ants On Your New Castle, DE Property

June 26, 2021

 

Many Delaware residents probably don’t think of ants as all that much of a problem. When compared to pests like rats, roaches, and bees, ants might not seem like much to worry about. However, though they’re tiny, they can still spread disease and even destroy property. Some ants like jack jumper ants and driver ants are even quite dangerous, though thankfully those ant species don’t exist in the U.S. Don’t let that fact fool you, though; there are still plenty of ants in the New Castle, DE area that can make your life miserable. Below, we’ll talk about a few of New Castle's more common ants.

Common Local Ants Found In New Castle, DE

The three most common ant species in New Castle and the surrounding area are the carpenter ant, the odorous house ant, and the pavement ant. Let’s take a look at each of them:

  • Carpenter Ants: As their name suggests, carpenter ants like to carve up wood. These large, black ants don’t eat it as termites do, but they use it to build their nests, carving dozens or even hundreds of feet of tunnels through the wooden components of your home. This ant species is the most dangerous in our area, not because they’re a threat to people, but because they’re a threat to property. Untreated carpenter ant colonies can do tens of thousands of dollars in damage to homes and businesses alike.

  • Odorous House Ants: We have a lot of ants with literal names here in Delaware, and odorous house ants are no exception. So named because of the unpleasant, rotten coconut smell they emit if you crush them or frighten them, odorous house ants are dark brown and very small—only 1/20 to 1/16 of an inch long.

  • Pavement Ants: Also true to their name, pavement ants like to nest in pavement cracks. These small, reddish-brown ants like to infest buildings with concrete slab foundations as well. They’re also the only ant on our list that can sting, though they rarely do. Unlike fire ants, pavement ants are not aggressive. 

a carpenter ant crawling on a kitchen table

What Can You Do?

It’s a lot easier to keep ants out of your house than it is to kick them out, and are lots of preventative measures you can take to avoid ant infestations. Do things like:

  • Cover all indoor and outdoor trash cans at all times.

  • Seal food in containers with tight-fitting lids

  • Inspect your home and repair any damage that could provide ant access.

Unfortunately, if even these measures don’t work, getting rid of an ant colony that’s already established itself in your home is a lot harder than you’d think. Ant colonies are often huge and complex, containing thousands of individuals and stretching deep underground or, in the case of carpenter ants, deep within your home’s wooden frame. That means most over-the-counter ant sprays won’t reach far enough back into the nest to kill the whole thing.

Even if you kill many of the individuals in a nest, if you don’t get the queen, it will all be for nothing. She’ll just breed herself a new army, a new workforce, and a new generation of drones and future queens to eventually found more colonies. The good news is there’s a better way.

Professional Ant Control Treatments

Here at Moyer Pest Control, our New Castle, DE pest control experts know how to get rid of the queen—and all her loyal subjects—from both inside and outside of your home. We’ve been dealing with indoor and outdoor pests of many varieties for over 150 years!

Our ant control treatments in New Castle are safe and effective, and customer satisfaction is our #1 goal. So give us a call at (215) 660-3642 or visit our contact page to schedule your ant control service today!

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