ANTS AND THEIR CONTROL

Pavement ants are one of the most common small ants found. They're small (about 1/8" in length ), are black or dark brown in color, and have parallel grooves on the head and thorax. These grooves resemble the pavement markings on a highway; and some exterminators say this is why they are called pavement ants." (Others say it's because pavement ants are commonly seen walking on the pavement.) Pavement ants will eat pretty much anything, but they prefer sugary foods, proteins, and fats.

Odorous House Ants are called "odorous" because they give off an unpleasant smell, especially when they are crushed. They're primarily sugar feeders and prefer sweet foods such as pancake syrup, honeydew, fruit juices, spilled soft drinks and pancake syrup, nectar, and berries. Despite their name, odorous house ants usually nest outdoors, but are often seen indoors during cooler weather, when their natural sources of food outdoors become hard to find.

Pharaoh Ants are very tiny ants, only about 1/16 of an inch in length, on average. They're omnivores and will eat pretty much anything, and they commonly forage over very great distances (at least, in ant terms) looking for food. Pharaoh ants are notoriously difficult to control. Repellent products like sprays and dusts tend only to "fracture" the colony into multiple, smaller colonies. Treatment of Pharaoh ants requires a high degree of knowledge and a meticulous, thorough approach. Pharaoh ant extermination is definitely a job for a professional exterminator.

Thief Ants are named for their habit of living among colonies of larger ants, and then stealing and feeding upon the larger ants' young. But they'll also eat other foods. Thief ants tend to prefer oily or fatty foods like meat, lard, cheese, buttery baked goods, spilled shortenings, and dog or cat food. Thief ants are very tiny, averaging about 1/20 of an inch in size. They often go unnoticed and may be accidentally eaten by humans or pets along with the foods that the ants are infesting. 

 

The control of small ants is as varied and diverse as are the ant species themselves. Depending on the location, specie, extent of infestation, and season, we may use any of a number of treatment methods to control small ant populations. These may include interior or exterior liquid treatments, baits, gels, or granular treatments.

For a free individual evaluation of your ant problem and a customized treatment plan, please contact us. Sharky's Pest Control serves the Greater Lynchburg area, Smith Mountain Lake, Danville, Forest, Bedford, and everything in between.


Pavement ants are one of the most common small ants found. They're small (about 1/8" in length ), are black or dark brown in color, and have parallel grooves on the head and thorax. These grooves resemble the pavement markings on a highway; and some exterminators say this is why they are called pavement ants." (Others say it's because pavement ants are commonly seen walking on the pavement.) Pavement ants will eat pretty much anything, but they prefer sugary foods, proteins, and fats.

Odorous House Ants are called "odorous" because they give off an unpleasant smell, especially when they are crushed. They're primarily sugar feeders and prefer sweet foods such as pancake syrup, honeydew, fruit juices, spilled soft drinks and pancake syrup, nectar, and berries. Despite their name, odorous house ants usually nest outdoors, but are often seen indoors during cooler weather, when their natural sources of food outdoors become hard to find.

Pharaoh Ants are very tiny ants, only about 1/16 of an inch in length, on average. They're omnivores and will eat pretty much anything, and they commonly forage over very great distances (at least, in ant terms) looking for food. Pharaoh ants are notoriously difficult to control. Repellent products like sprays and dusts tend only to "fracture" the colony into multiple, smaller colonies. Treatment of Pharaoh ants requires a high degree of knowledge and a meticulous, thorough approach. Pharaoh ant extermination is definitely a job for a professional exterminator.

Thief Ants are named for their habit of living among colonies of larger ants, and then stealing and feeding upon the larger ants' young. But they'll also eat other foods. Thief ants tend to prefer oily or fatty foods like meat, lard, cheese, buttery baked goods, spilled shortenings, and dog or cat food. Thief ants are very tiny, averaging about 1/20 of an inch in size. They often go unnoticed and may be accidentally eaten by humans or pets along with the foods that the ants are infesting.