Ant Control

Elimination and / or Prevention

Pavement Ant

Pavement Ant

Ranging in color from dark brown to black and about 1/8″ long, Pavement ants will nest under sidewalks, rocks and slabs of concrete or pavement (hence their given name). Evidence of nesting locations are….
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sand like mounds or piles at the entry site of nest, from their excavating of the pavement. Swarmers usually start in June and July.

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ant

The largest of species of ants in Western Washington soldiers can range from ¼” to ½”.  The majority of Carpenter Ants are black in color but red ones have been spotted. As wood damaging insects, they become…..
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a problem when a satellite colony moves into a structure; nesting in wall voids, sub floors, and insulation. An established colony can have 50,000-60,000 workers. While Carpenter ants do not actually eat wood, they excavate it for nesting proposes; causing the structure to weaken. A sure sign of an active infestation is the sighting of “frass” a sawdust/granular like substance caused from the tunneling and mining of the wood. Mating swarms occur in late spring to early summer

Moisture Ant

Moisture Ant

About 1/8″ in length, Moisture ants varies in color from yellow to dark brown and are attracted to damp, rotting wood. They are evidence of a current or prior moisture problem such as a water leak or soil to wood contact causing….
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a moisture ridden area. The appearance of this ant inside homes most commonly occurs in the Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon due to their high concentration of moisture.

Odorous House Ant

Odorous House Ant

Odorous House Ants (OHA’s) are usually a uniform black or brown in color and are a tiny 1/16″ in length. OHA’s get their name from the pungent smell they produce when crushed.  They are possibly the….
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most difficult nuisance ant, in the Western Washington area to get control over, due to the fact that they are a multi queen colony and are able to move into a home overnight. Typically OHA’s nests near a water source and tend to be seen in the bathrooms or kitchen. Not picky, they will feed on anything from the sweets like honeydew from aphids, dairy product to breads and grains. Reproductive swarms occur in the summer months.

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