Ants

There are several kinds of Ants around your house. The key to ant control is to identify the kind of ant causing the problem, then develop a treatment strategy to stop the ant’s progress. Different ants require treatment to different locations to be effective. If treatment is targeted to the kitchen, but the ant comes from outside, control might be ineffective.

Treatment Options:

Exterior Perimeter
Bodyguard Service A-Abel’s recommendation for control of most nuisance ants is to incorporate our premier program. With Bodyguard service, your ants will be controlled without the need to enter your home. Our treatment is performed on the outside (where most ants come from anyway) with methods & techniques proven to solve problems.

Interior Liquid Treatments
If ant activity is persistent, we can perform interior applications of liquid materials designed to knock out the ants. Our preference is to work from the outside, to eliminate potential scheduling, exposure and odor hassles for you. But occasionally, the species of ant requires we come inside.

Baiting Treatments
Some species of ants respond well to baiting techniques. We can choose a bait that the ants are attracted to, and gain control of the colony by feeding them a material that kills the entire colony.

Common Ant Species in the Miami Valley:

Carpenter Ant
These ants are the largest found in Ohio & rank number one in inquiries over all other ants. They are a nuisance by their presence when found in parts of the home such as the kitchen, bathroom, living room and other quarters. They do not eat wood, but remove quantities of it to expand their nest size, sometimes causing structural damage.

Pavement Ant
This is one of the most common tiny house-invading ants in Ohio with nests usually found outdoors under stones, in pavement cracks, along the curb edges and in crevices of masonry and woodwork. Pavement ants may forage in the home throughout the year, feeding on grease, meat, live and dead insects, honeydew, roots of plants and planted seeds.

Crazy Ant
These ants will feed on sweets and kitchen scraps, but prefer to feed on animal matter and insects such as fly larvae and adults. Ants present the appearance of running aimlessly about a room and, thus, named “crazy.”

Odorous House Ant
These ants occasionally forage indoors for sweets and other foods. They give off an unpleasant odor when crushed, smelling like “rotten coconuts.” Workers are brown to dark-brown in color, about 1/10 inch long.

Citronella Ant
The larger yellow ant is commonly encountered in Ohio homes. Nest sites may include open woods, pastures and fallow fields, gardens, lawns, and next to house foundations.

Argentine Ant
They are especially fond of sweets, but will feed on practically any food. They love the yolks of hard boiled eggs and carry minute yellow clumps of yolk back to their nest in endless ant columns. These ants are extremely well adapted to urbanized areas of the United States with mild climates and well-watered gardens.

Flying Ant
Flying ants are a common summer phenomenon. Sometimes people will observe winged ants issuing in large numbers, pushed out by the wingless workers, from a colony established between a sidewalk crack or in a small mound. Other times only the winged forms will be seen, aggregating in large numbers around certain.

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