Ants

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The Pest Detectives control various ant species in the region, including carpenter ants, odorous house ants, moisture ants, Argentine ants, pharaoh ants, thatching ants and pavement ants. Identification can be trick – for example, carpenter ant sizes vary widely.

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Contents: • Carpenter Ants

              • Argentine Ants 

              • Pavement Ants 

              • Odorous House Ants 

              • Pharaoh Ants 

              • Acrobat Ants   

- Ants are the most frequent and persistent pests encountered around homes and buildings. Besides being a nuisance, ants contaminate food, build unsightly mounds on our property, and cause structural damage by hollowing out wood for nesting. Species such as fire ants inflict painful stings, which can be life-threatening to hypersensitive individuals. To most householders, all ants look pretty much alike. In truth, dozens of different species occur around homes and buildings, each having unique characteristics which may influence the method of control. Ants are social insects which live together in cooperative, intermingling colonies. The colonies may range in size from hundreds to millions of individuals, depending on the species. Within each colony are different types of individuals, each with a specific function. All ant colonies contain one or more queens, whose primary role is to lay eggs. The eggs hatch into white, grub-like larvae that later transform into adult "worker" ants. The workers feed and care for the queens and developing brood, and are the ones seen foraging for food and water, often at great distances from the colony. Ants lay down invisible odor trails, which the workers follow between food and the nest. In many species, the trail of ants is distinct enough to be followed back to the nesting location, or to where the ants are entering from outdoors.   At certain times of the year, ant colonies produce large numbers of winged individuals known as swarmers. These winged ants emerge from the nest to mate and establish new colonies. When a swarm of ants emerges inside a home, it's an indication that a nest is present within the structure. Fortunately, the success rate for swarmers establishing new colonies inside buildings is low. Nonetheless, an exodus of winged ants emerging indoors can be disturbing and often mistaken for termites. Winged ants can be distinguished from termites by comparing certain features. Ants have a narrow (pinched) waist similar to wasps, whereas termites are virtually the same width from end to end. Ants and termites each have four wings; however, on ants the front wings are longer than the hind wings while on termites all four wings are of equal size and length. Finally, the antennae of ants are bent or "elbowed" whereas termite antennae are straight.

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Indiana is our home; we strive to educate our customers, bring insect and pest awarenes to our family, friends and community so that it may improve the quality of our Health, our Homes and Peace of mind.

If you are have troubles identifying the species of Ant in your Indianapolis, IN residential home or place of commercial  business then please browse to the section below for a quick view of the Ants that are indigenous to our state of Indiana. If you would like a Pest Detective to come to out to your Indiana home or place of business you can call us directly at 317-608-2507 we are Open 24 hours a day 7 days per week.

Ant Identificaton

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ant

The Pest Detectives Providing Expert Carpenter Ant Extermination In Indianapolis and All Surrounding locations

Carpenter Ants are responsible for damage to thousands of homes each year. The damage can be limited to a fence post or it can be extensive, costing tens of thousands of dollars to repair one house. Therefore, it is important to protect homes and other structures from these destructive pests and The Pest Detectives can help you!  Importantly, carpenter ants only rarely traverse through the interior of a structure.  Unfortunately, maybe people think they don’t have a problem because they don’t see the ants inside—but carpenter ants nest in wall voids and other structural framing and forage outdoors for food.  This leaves many people with a false sense of security, thinking they have no problem but the carpenter ants continue to thrive within the walls and farming causing destruction over time.  carpenter-ant-chainAchieving carpenter ant control requires an understanding of their biology and what to look for.

 A quick review tells us: 

1).There can be as many as 70,000 ants in a carpenter ant colony and they divide their population among numerous nest sites that can be located as far as 300 feet apart. 

2).Carpenter ants are rarely seen indoors so their absence inside a home means nothing about their presence within the structural framing.  An effective carpenter ant management service goes after any nests and sets up an ongoing barrier to keep other nests of the colony—or whole other colonies—from establishing themselves in the structure.

If you think you have a Carpenter Ant problem call us today for a free quote. The Pest Detectives proudly provides expert pest control and Carpenter Ant extermination in Indianapolis. With over 10+ years experience we’ve helped over 10,000 homeowners manage and exterminate their Carpenter Ant and other pest problems.  Let us help you!

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Argentine Ant

Argentine Ant

The Pest Detectives Providing Expert Argentine Ant Extermination In Indianapolis and All Surrounding locations

The Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile), is a small brown ant about 2-3mm long, it is one of the world’s most damaging insects. This pernicious ant is spreading to warmer regions around the world from its natal habitat along South America’s Paraná River. Linepithema humile can drive native arthropods to extinction, instigating changes that ripple through ecosystems. In California, horned lizard populations plummet. In South Africa, plant reproduction is disrupted. Worldwide, the Argentine ant is a persistent house and crop pest. This is not a good ant and they are also common in Indiana.

Because it does not sting or bite humans the Argentine ant is not a direct threat to humans, unlike the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta). Instead, the Argentine ant is most notable as a nuisance pest in urban areas, especially because of the availability of water. This ant exists in back yards at high densities associated with landscape features that provide favorable microclimates, such as potted plants and walkway bricks or stones. They enter homes through cracks and other spaces, in search of food or water.tine ant can establish extremely large colonies. This contributes to its status as a nuisance pest in homes and its ability to spread rapidly. 

If you think you have a Argentine Ant problem call us today for a free quote. The Pest Detectives proudly provides expert pest control and Argentine Ant extermination in Indianapolis. With over 10+ years experience we’ve helped over 10,000 homeowners manage and exterminate their Carpenter Ant and other pest problems.  Let us help you

Pavement Ant

Pavement Ant

The Pest Detectives Providing Expert Pavement  Ant Extermination In Indianapolis and All Surrounding locations

Pavement ants are one of the most common indoor pests found in Indiana. When these small brown or brownish-black ants invade buildings, they often construct their nests under the foundation. These ants originated in Europe and were introduced into the United States a couple of hundred years ago.  They are now widespread and occur in all 50 states.  Pavement ants become a nuisance when they enter homes in search of food.  Food can be termites, other insects, sugar or protein based ingredients. These ants become a pest when they are found wandering around the inside of the house looking for sweets.

Interesting Pavement Ant Facts: 

*Neighboring ant colonies may have large battles on the sidewalk in the spring, with hundreds of ants left to die on the battlefield.

* Pavement ants can have as many as 10,000 workers in a single nest.

* Pavement ants use a chemical trail to recruit nestmates to a food source.

Pavement ants in nature occur primarily in open meadows under rocks and other debris. In more urban settings, pavement ants nest under sidewalks, under building foundations and under patios. There is normally a single queen although larger colonies may have additional queens. 

The workers live for several years and the largest colonies can exceed 10,000 workers. These ants prey on subterranean termites, insects in the soil, plant juices, and a wide assortment of sweet and protein containing foods. Occasionally they are a nuisance if they build nest openings between bricks of patios or other sensitive areas. Pavement ants forage predominately at night but during early spring and summer they will also forage during the day.  Pavement ants have a sting although it is too weak to damage human skin. These ants lay a chemical trail from the food source back to the nest and it is common to see a trail of ants inside a home.

Odorous House Ant

 Odorous House Ant

The Pest Detectives Providing Expert Odorous House Ant Extermination In Indianapolis and All Surrounding locations

Odorous House Ants are the most commonly encountered ant here in Indianapolis and all of Indiana. These small black ants, also known as “Sugar Ant/House Ant” or by their scientific name “tapinoma sessile”, give off a coconut-like odor when disturbed or crushed. This species can have colonies numbering in the thousands and are extremely persistent. Few other pests rival them as nuisances as they can show up in many parts of a house, though often favoring the kitchen. In particular Odorous House Ants tend to defend the colony by moving once initial treatment is done, which means that effective control can take time. Do not “spray” them with retail pesticides as the nest merely splits into two and now the problem is even tougher to handle.

Odorous house ants are small but not the smallest of all the ants. Their length is  2.4 to 3.3 mm and it is easy to notice them. The color of them varies from dark brown to black. Viewed  from the side, odorous ants seem to have strangely  shaped thorax. The thing making these ants not pleasant neighbors is the smell appearing when the ant’s body ruins. It smells like something rotten.  

It is possible to find these ants in plenty of places. They are often nestle inside the buildings and are found beneath he floor or even inside the wall cracks. The invasions happen during wet weather day and night. They usually forage all the day long. As all the ants they like sweet things such as sugar and honey but sometimes can eat meat and grease.

They create colonies in two ways. The first one is when the odorous house ant queen and the workers leave the old colony and go to the other place creating another one. It can happen because of different reasons. Another way is when the colony is established by winged couple, male and female ants. They swarm out of the main nest and  fertilized female then creates a new colony. It usually happen during the summer time. They don’t bite but forging inside the homes they contaminate food and can become persistent pests. The fact is they travel in large numbers. It you see the winged odorous house ant, be sure that the invasion can start soon.

If you think you have an Odorous House Ant problem call us today for a free quote. The Pest Detectives proudly provides expert pest control and Odorous House Ant extermination in Indianapolis. With over 10+ years experience we’ve helped over 10,000 homeowners manage and exterminate their Ant problems and other pest problems. Let us help you!

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Pharaoh Ant

 Pharaoh Ant

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Pharaoh ants are a small species with workers only growing to be 1/16th of an inch in length; queens are slightly larger in size and can grow to be about 1/8th of an inch in length. They have a 12-segmented antenna with a 3-segmented club on the end. These ants are pale red to yellowish-brown; their abdomens are usually darker and are sometimes almost black.

These tiny, light- tan colored ants have some of the greatest colonies in terms of shear numbers. They plaque kitchens and other areas of the home and, as happens with a few other ant species, they split their colony into multiple, separate, smaller new colonies when treated with conventional sprays.

Pharaoh ants live in very large colonies that contain hundreds of thousands of workers and hundreds of reproductive females. The lifecycle of the pharaoh ant begins with the female and male mating within the nest. A young queen and some workers, larvae, and pupae “bud” from the nest and will create a new colony in a nearby location.  Worker ants develop from egg to adult in about 38 days. The lifespan of workers is about 9 to 10 weeks. Males only live for approximately 3 to 5 weeks after mating, and the queens live between 4 and 12 weeks.  

Pharaoh ants are known for carrying and transmitting a large variety of bacteria and diseases including salmonella and Streptococcus. Pharaoh ants can become a huge problem inside places like hotels, grocery stores, homes, apartment complexes, and hospitals. When these ants enter hospitals, they can cause a lot of health problems by entering wounds, IV bags, and even into the mouths or eyes of sleeping patients.

If you think you have a Pharaoh Ant problem call us today for a free quote. The Pest Detectives proudly provides expert pest control and Pharaoh Ant extermination in Indianapolis. With over 10+ years experience we’ve helped over 10,000 homeowners manage and exterminate their Ant problems and other pest problems. Let us help you!

Acrobat Ant

Acrobat Ant

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 Acrobat Ants can be found invading properties and homes across the United States. They are referred to as acrobat ants because of the worker’s distinctive ability to hold their abdomen up over the rest of their body which makes them look like they are in a circus performing a balancing act.

Acrobat ants reproduce very similarly to other ant species. Mature acrobat ant colonies will produce winged females and males. These reproductive members will swarm from the colony (usually in the fall) to mate. Once mating has occurred the females will fly away and pick and a new location to create a nest in. She will then remove her own wings, lay her eggs, and become the new queen to a new acrobat ant colony.

Acrobat ants get their common name from their ability to acrobatically raise their abdomen over their thorax and head, especially when disturbed. There are various species of this light brown to black ant found in Indiana and throughout the United States, even at altitudes of up to 8,000 feet.

If you think you have an Acrobat Ant problem call us today for a free quote. The Pest Detectives proudly provides expert pest control and Acrobat Ant extermination in Indianapolis. With over 10+ years experience we’ve helped over 10,000 homeowners manage and exterminate their Ant problems and other pest problems. Let us help you!

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