Western Ant Invaders09/25/2017There are approximately 250 species of ants that occupy the Western United States. There are three kinds that most often infest buildings: the Odorous House Ant, the Carpenter Ant and the Pharaoh Ant. It’s smart to be informed on what these ants look like, what they eat, and what they do, for if your house is ever overrun by any of them. So over here at Bulwark Exterminating we chose to make a little list explaining all of this about each of these three types of ants. Odorous House Ant This ant is colored either dark brown or shiny black, 1/16-1/8 inches long. It eats sweet foods like fruits, grains, sugars, and even milk. When crushed it gives off an unpleasant odor. The colonies of Odorous House Ants have approximately 10,000 worker ants and during the day they go out in ines searching for food. They construct nests in walls, insulation, in basements, attics, wood, and so on. Carpenter Ant Carpenter ants can actually range in color from orangey-red to brown or black, but they are usually in the brown to tan spectrum. They’re big - ¼-½ an inch, with a very large queen - ¾ an inch. These guys eat bugs, honeydew from aphids, and plant byproducts. Their nests can house up to 100,000 worker ants and are often made and buried in rotten wood. If you have a carpenter ant infestation places that are made of wood porch, swing set, fire wood, etc., to discover the nest. Pharaoh Ant To contrast carpenter ants, pharaoh ants are tiny, only about 1/16 of an inch! They’re reddish orange with black on their abdomens. Similar to the Odorous House Ant they enjoy sweet foods and look for things like honey, shortening, peanut butter, corn syrup, and fruit juices. These little ants are scary. Their homes can have hundreds of thousands of the tiny bugs, and they go to great lengths to get to food. They will go as far as they need to to look, and they can always make the way back to their nest by following trails of pheromones left by other ants. Ant Control Exterminating these ants might be tough, but a lot of bait treatments will kill most ants. All you have to do is place the bait in a place that’s accessible and the ants who find it will carry it back to their nest to share, killing off the whole colony. If you can’t get rid of an infestation or are dealing with a major ant problem you should call a professional in ant control. At Bulwark Exterminating, we’ve got you covered in Knoxville, so call today!