Ants are among the most common pests in households. They are also found in restaurants, hospitals, offices, warehouses, and other buildings where they can find food and water.
Ants cause various types of damage, depending upon the variety. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood, destroying structures. Pharaoh ants may transmit serious diseases. A fire ant’s sting is potentially deadly to susceptible individuals, and all ants contaminate the food they infest.
The Argentine Ant is the most common ant that invades homes and businesses. They are attracted to and will feed on both sweets and oils. They have the ability to nest in many areas inside or outside of buildings. Treatments will vary depending on the situation at your property.
Detection & Treatment:
Ants build massive colonies, so their presence is generally detected when you see their nests, or the ants themselves. Treatments involve baiting, insecticide, and sealing off entry to buildings.
Is it an Ant or a Termite?
- Narrow waists
- Bent antennae
- Two sets of wings (one wing is longer than the other)
- Thick waists
- Straight beaded antennae
- Two sets of wings (same size)
Other Common Pests
Wood Boring Beetles
Wood Boring Beetles are common throughout the bay area. Beetles commonly attack fungus infected wood but will also infest sound wood. Beetles are usually discovered by their exit holes and piles of dust like material which is ejected. Exterior decks and trim as well as substructure framing are a favorite of local beetle populations.
Carpenter Ants typically infest homes that are in wooded areas or that have older trees on the property. They do not eat the wood but will hollow out wood members to make a gallery to inhabit. Their frass (waste) can include small wood shavings, pieces of building material and small insect pieces.