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How to Get Rid of Acrobat, Carpenter, Citronella, Pharoah & Other Ants in Morristown, NJ

Ants are not unheard of; they are found nearly anywhere in the world. Notorious for invading homes and business and attacking the food left out, especially sugary substances, everyone can generally recognize an ant when they see them. But aside from pilfering our goodies, ants can be more than a nuisance. We at Fall Guys Lawn Care and Pest Control would like to talk a little about the ants of New Jersey. In New Jersey there are several ants commonly found in our borders, they are: Acrobat Ant, Carpenter Ant, Citronella Ant, Odorous Ant, Pavement Ant, and Pharaoh Ant.

Acrobat Ants

These ants measure 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch long and range in color from light brown to black. Acrobat ants acquired their name from being able to lift their abdomen over their thorax, giving them even more agility than their cousins. They often display this behavior when they feel threatened. Generally, these ants are more frequently hunkering under rocks or logs but are more partial to decaying wood allowing the ease of crafting tunnels, even taking over abandoned nests left behind from other ant colonies like carpenter ants. Acrobat ants will happily move into homes and often come inside through cracks or holes found around the door or window frames, soffits, and other weak points in the structure. If they do move into a home or business, they will likely set their nest in the walls. If they feel threatened, they will bite and cause property damage, particularly stripping insulation from electrical wiring.

Carpenter Ants Identification

Carpenter ants are relatively large in comparison to other ants and are typically colored red or black. Often mistaken for termites, their habits are similar. Carpenter ants will excavate through the wood to build their nests, but unlike termites, they do not consume wood. They can be found in trees, wood fences, wood outdoor structures, and homes looking for water damaged or decaying wood to construct their nests and can cause considerable amount of damage.

Citronella Ants

These ants coloring are varying degrees of yellow, reddish yellow, and light browns and often referred to as Yellow Ants because of their coloring and their citrus or verbena odor the emit whenever they filled threatened or get crushed. Citronella ants are nocturnal and range from 1/8”-3/16” long. Because of their swarming habit in June and July they are mistaken for termites. Though they are not documented destroying or eating household goods, they still will invade homes to populate their colony.

Odorous House Ant Infestations

Fairly small ants ranging from 1/16” to 1/8” long, odorous house ants are dark brown in color, so named from the smell that derives from their bodies when they are crushed. When they feel threatened, they will chaotically scatter and emit a foul odor from their anal sacs; humans are not affected by the odor, but small insects and other ants are disturbed by the smell. These ants will often move into homes during the winter months to escape the cold temperatures.

Pavement Ant Facts

Pavement ants are dark brown in color and can get as dark as black. These ants are eager to find food and will go to extreme lengths to get it if they detect food. Favoring sweet delights like sugar, nectar, syrups, and fruit, these ants will break into your home without hesitation. They will also consume grease, small seeds, and dead insects. They will store small seeds within the nest as they collect it. Found under sidewalks, building slabs, large rocks, as well as in the walls, insulation and under floor, these ants can be found nearly anywhere surrounding or in your home.

Pharaoh Ants

These ants range in a variety of colors from pale yellow to a red-like color and the average approximately 1/16” long. Pharaoh ants will consume both sweets and fats and are often found in homes, grocery stores, hotels, and hospitals, specifically nesting in areas inaccessible to people; preferring warm and humid places that is conveniently close to food and water sources. These ants not only cause destruction but also have been known to spread pathogens to people.

Ant Control

If your discovered any kind of ant problem in New Jersey, contact Fall Guys Lawn Care and Pest Control and let our experts perform a thorough inspection and recommend a custom treatment plan.

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