Different Types of NJ Ants and the Damage They Cause

We all are familiar with those tiny little hard-working creatures known as ants. Some of us find them fascinating, but others struggle to eliminate their presence from their homes and businesses. Those looking for an ant exterminator in Passaic County, New Jersey will find excellent experienced help available. They can assist you in identifying the particular variety of ant with which you are plagued and can implement appropriate measures for eliminating colonies of different ant-types.

Black Carpenter Ant

The black carpenter ant will love to build its nests in any dead and wet wood forming part of your home. They will not eat the wood as will termites, but will spread out around your house seeking food and making it more their home than yours. Also their nest-building habits may further weaken already weak wooden structures. From their main “primary” next they can spread out to form “satellite” nests where they leave “frass.” Frass is a fancy name for ant feces. This frass trail provides a clue to the finding of the primary nest. If the hollowed-out wood is filled with mud you can bet it is termites. If not, it may be carpenter ants doing the damage. Professional ant exterminators will know what kinds of insecticides to use to put these carpenters’ activities to an end. They can fill in ant-hollows with dry pesticide or drip a liquid form along their foraging trails so as to spread death to the primary colony.

Yellow Pharaoh Ant

Yellow pharaoh ants are another common nuisance to homes and hospitals. The fact that their colonies each have multiple queens rather than the usual single queen allows for both interesting scientific study and to an ant population quite resilient against efforts to exterminate them. A queen can head off to start her own new colony at almost any time, and a single original colony can soon infest a whole building. The various pharaoh ant colonies will remain at peace with one another and if numerous colonies are almost but not quite wiped out the remnant ants can join together to form a new colony and start the infestation all over again! In addition to all this, the nests are small and often located in inaccessible areas inside walls or beneath floors, etc. They hide in every nook and cranny. Baits with boric acid are often used to poison their colonies, but one round may not be enough to get the job done- it could take several tries. Beware trying to just spray them since that could simply scatter the ants and make the problem worse.

Red Fire Ant

Red fire ants will likely be found outdoors and can survive in extreme hot and cold climates. Their bites are stingingly painful and they also may destroy crops and annoy cattle on your farm. Millions of dollars are expended every year to fight these “little red devils.” Clearly you will want an effective insecticide pumped into their mounds or some other effective method used before you find yourself full of little red bite marks!

Contact an Experienced Ant Removal Company in NJ

Identifying the particular type of ant and knowing precisely what is the best method to eliminate them and what would only be futile or counter-productive is crucial to quick, complete, and long-lasting elimination of ant colonies. There are many more species that could be discussed, but these few examples will highlight the importance of knowledgeable ant-fighting techniques.

If you are experiencing a problematic ant infestation and need professional NJ ant removal services, contact Precise Termite & Pest Control at (866) 971-2847 to schedule a free home inspection. There is also a 15% off special for first time customers. We have been proudly servicing Morris County, Passaic County, Bergen County, and other counties in northern NJ for over 25 years.