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Common Household Ants in New York

Ant infestation is the most common pest problem reported. These tiny scavengers will enter your home or business looking for moisture and an accessible food source. Sometimes, rotting or damp wood that has mold damage can also attract ants. These tiny insects also feed on sugar, cheese, meats, vegetables, grease, peanut butter, and dead insects.

If you are looking for reliable residential ant control services, then contact our professional exterminators. We service the areas throughout Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties in Wappingers Falls, Hopewell Junction, Fishkill, Pawling, Patterson, Carmel, Mahopac, Mahopac Falls, Lake Peekskill, Katonah, Mt Kisco, Bedford, Pound Ridge, Armonk, Scarsdale, Port Chester and the surrounding areas.

Ants often enter a home through cracks around windows or doors, but they can find numerous entrances to your home or building. Once inside, the growing ant colony can become a problem quickly, as ants mature from juveniles to adults within a matter of days.

There are thousands of species of ants, but only four are commonly found species in the United States. It is necessary to properly identify the ant species that you have before an effective means of extermination can be used to eradicate them.

  • Carpenter Ants: are about 5/8" long, make burrows in damp wood, but can go from there to damage solid wood. They do not eat the wood, but simply remove it for nests.

  • Citronella Ants (Large Yellow Ant): Medium-sized workers, 1/4-inch (7mm). Easily recognized by their yellow-orange color. The ants smell like citronella or "lemon-like" when crushed.

  • Pavement Ants: are about 1/8" long; make their nests in cracks in pavement; and can infest a building.

  • Field Ants: Large ants, (3/8-inch) often confused with Carpenter ants. Wide variation in color: black, brown, tan, reddish, or red and black in color. Thorax is bumpy in appearance. Key distinguishing feature: The presence of 3 ocelli on head (ocelli are simple eyes on the front of the head between the ant's compound eyes

  • Odorous House Ants: Small workers, around 1/16-inch to 1/8-inch (2-3 mm); dark brown to black. Bitter odor when crushed - said to smell like rotten coconuts.

Learn the key features of antsant

In order to see key identifying features on ants - especially very tiny ants - you need a hand lens or microscope.

Like other insects, ant bodies are divided into head, thorax, and abdomen. Ants also have a constriction between the thorax and abdomen that gives them a "pinched-waist" appearance. The constricted part of the abdomen is called the pedicel, and the fat, main part of the abdomen is called the gaster.

The difference between ants and termites

Ants with wings can often be mistaken for termites - which may lead to a wrong treatment. Ants have a very narrow thorax (mid-section), Anst will always have 3 body segments as described above. While termites' bodies are more uniform. Termites have 2 body segments and their wing patter is 2 identicle pairs of wings that are much longer than the body and tend to shed whil swarming.

Treatment is most effective when it is performed near the nest. We are ready to evaluate the extent of your ant infestation and give you a free estimate. We use the minimum amount of the correct treatment designed for a particular type of insect - to give you the fastest and best results possible.


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