General Information about Ants-
- Ants are much more than a possible biting nuisance. They can cause millions of dollars in damage to structures each year. They can tunnel through wood, bite, strip insulation from electrical wires; causes short-circuits or fires, and also contaminate food. Because there are countless varieties of ants, we will discuss the common ones in Central Texas. Baits are generally the most effective treatment for getting rid of ants.
General Information about Carpenter Ants-
- The carpenter ant does not eat wood. They eat protein and sugar like most ants. Their only interest in wood is to tunnel and live in it.
- They are foragers and farmers. They get live Aphids and milk them for honeydew. Once an aphid doesn’t produce anymore, they eat them.
- There is only one queen per colony. She lays 15-20 eggs every 15 days.
- At Jitterbug, we normally find them by their frass (substance kicked out of tunnels including wood chavings and feces).
- You will not see them during daylight hours generally
- As with most ants, carpenter ants are most easily eradicated with bait treatments. Since the mound cannot be located, generally treatment requires the ants to take the bait and feed the colony and the queen. After the queen dies, the colony dies also. It usually requires two treatments two weeks apart to rid a structure of carpenter ants.
Red Imported Fire Ants:
General Information about Red Imported Fire Ants-
- Red Imported Fire Ants nest in the soil and build a mound nests.
- They can infest buildings through garages, doorways, weep holes, and cracks on the slab.
- They build large mound nests and can sting humans.
- They can eat dead animals, insects, earthworms, and sweets.
- They can survive in extreme conditions and temperatures as low as 16 degrees. During droughts they dig to the water table. During floods, they gather on a raft, with the queen in the middle, and find dry land.
- As with most ants, baits made specifically for the species of ants that it is intended for, are the most effective. The worker ants take the bait to the queen and the colony quickly dies. Contact sprays and granules only offer temporary reprieve, as the queen continues to churn out eggs.
General Information about Acrobatic Ants-
- Acrobatic ants get their name from their ability to acrobatically raise their abdomen over their thorax and head when disturbed.
- They are often, even by less-informed pest control professionals, mistakenly identified as Carpenter Ants.
- Acrobatic ants are typically feed on honeydew. The sugar waste excreted by aphids and mealybugs, but they also eat live and dead insects.
- The habitat, generally, under rocks or in logs, firewood, trees where wood decay allows them to create tunnels. They also build their nests in the eaves of homes. They often trail from tree limbs and utility lines and enter through cracks, holes, window frames, soffits, door thresholds and wood areas softened by water damage.
- They can bite and pose risks to prosperities.
- Specific Acrobatic bait products are the most effective. If the nest is originating from outside, but they are trailing into a property. A repellent spray can be used in conjunction with bait products.
General Information about Crazy Ants-
- Crazy Ants get their name by the workers habit of running in an erratic, jerky manner when searching for food.
- These ants feed on live and dead insects, seeds, fruits, and honeydew.
- They typically enter homes in the autumn or after rainfall because both conditions reduce their supply of honeydew.
- Indoors they usually nest under flooring or carpeting.
- Outdoors they generally nest in soil under objects or nest to foundations.
- Bait repellant, and contact kill products are all effective.
General Information about Pharaoh Ants-
- They are usually small, 1/16’ long.
- They tend to nest in warm, hard, to reach places like walls, subfloors, wall sockets, attics, cracks and crevices.
- They can enter from outdoors or be carried in as hitch hikers on packages, boxes, and, etc.
- Pharaoh ants eat other insects, but prefer meat and greases. They can also feed on sugars, fruit juices, and sweets.
- Because Pharaoh ants have a “knack” for getting into things, they can transmit multiple pathogens especially in hospitals.
- Jitterbug uses baits to treat Pharaoh ants. They are placed in areas where ants are active, but where they are in accessible to children and pests. It is important that you do not wash the area where baits are placed so that the worker ant can take the bait back to the queen.
- The above describe ants are the most common found in our area. There are several other species like: Odorous house, Argentina, Pavement, and so on, but all can be treated with bait contact and repellant products. Please consult our insect library to help you identify ants but know that, we at Jitterbug, can get rid of them for you.