The four most common ant species in the Greater Baton Rouge Area are: The Carpenter Ant, Pharaoh Ant, Fire Ant and Pavement Ant. These ant species operate differently from one another. Therefore, Wolf Pest Control uses different treatment methods that take their biology and habits into account. Mistaking the identification for one ant can cause the wrong type of treatment and could lead to worse activity.
Carpenter Ants: Measure from 0.75cm to 2.6cm, and will construct their nest by making small galleries in wood. A Carpenter ant colony can be commonly found in hollow areas of a sick tree or in moist, rotted or damaged wood found around a home. These ideal areas may include: Railroad ties, wooden deck or in the wooden structure of a home. Although there are more than one thousand species, the black carpenter ant (found in the picture) is the most common found here in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. The diet of the Carpenter ant consists of sweets and meats and they will search for this to help feed the colony. Carpenter ants do not eat wood like termites, however they can contribute to a large amount of structural damage if the infestation goes on without treatment. Eventually carpenter ants expand by creating other nests known as satellite nests and will move into different areas including old lumber found in a home. Carpenter ants can form up to 13 different satellite nests that can end up invading your space or your neighbors.
Pavement ants: Pavement ants are usually black and are about 2.5 - 4mm long. They get their name due to the fact that colonies will typically make nests in the pavement. You may see ant mounds form on your driveway during the summer that have been created by these ants in order to vent the nest. Pavement ants will also nest indoors often under baseboards, inside walls and under floors. Pavement ants enjoy eating many foods that humans eat as well which is why they are often found invading a kitchen in search of food. They forage for sugary foods to help feed the workers as well as organic material with high protein to help the queen produce more offspring. One colony of pavement ants will have numerous queens. In the months of June and July queens will leave a colony to start a new one. Pavement ants can reproduce quickly, and nests can be hard to locate. Talk with a professional from Wolf Pest Control for the best treatment method for you.
Pharaoh Ants: Pharaoh ants are very small brown/yellowish looking ants, because of their small size they are normally viewed as being a small pest yet they can become one of the hardest ants to control. Pharaoh ants work and expand their nests rapidly. One colony will produce a queen that will wander and create a very new colony causing a vicious cycle making them much harder to control. The use of insecticide sprays from the store will make the problem much worse and will encourage pharaoh ants to create new colonies throughout a home. Our slow acting commercial baits in various locations throughout a structure are just one of many tools we use to successfully eliminate pharaoh ants.
You may see the occasional ant at home but it may only be a matter of time before they increase in numbers. As the hard workers that they are, they are constantly in search of food for the benefit of the colony; your home is often the perfect place. There are thousands of different ant species on earth and some have yet to be named. There are numerous ant species here in the Baton Rouge Area. Other ants that can be found are the Thief Ant and Acrobat Ant.
Fire Ants ; are reddish brown in color, live in mounds by the thousands and worst of all intrude and sting. Learn more facts about these fiery pests.
Fire Ants were accidentally brought into this country on a cargo boat from South America. Since arriving in Alabama, fire ants have spread aggressively, though they remain primarily in the South and Southeast because northern soil temperatures make it tough to survive the winters.
Fire ants live in colonies, which can contain over 200,000 ants. Fire ant colonies are typically comprised of female worker ants and one queen, who is responsible for laying the eggs. Workers create underground tunnels that can extend up to 25 feet away from the mound. The fire ant lifecycle has four stages. Fire ants begin as eggs, which become larvae when hatched. Next, they transition to pupae and finally grow into adult ants. Fire ants feed on a wide range of foods including insects, honeydew, plant nectar, seeds, fruits, and dead animals. They are highly attracted to foods high in fat. It can take several months for a colony to grow a mound that is large enough to be visible.
Our technicians run an inspection and identify the ant before any treatment is done. Once we have identified the ant we will establish treatment for the ant based upon it's biology and habits. The baits that we use have a delay effect, they allow foragers to warn the other ants using a chemical communication that they have found food. The foragers will be able to bring the bait back to the colony. Once the bait is shared with the others as well as the queen, the colony will soon be eliminated. Our bait will provide a long-lasting use and will help in the control of future ant activity. For carpenter ants, we first give them up to a couple weeks to take our baits then we return for a liquid and dust interior/exterior treatment. Since many ants are not always in search of food and therefore do not always take our baits we return to apply liquid residuals and dusts inside cracks, crevices and problem areas which will be sure to eliminate the remaining ants of the colony. Regardless of the ant species we have a treatment method for all and it becomes no match for Wolf Pest Control.