Are you experiencing ants in your residence or commercial business in New York? You are certainly not alone; ant populations are most active during the end of summer. But it may surprise you to know that ants can be found in homes nesting during the winter months. Although ants are cold blooded, like all insects even if the air temperature is very cold; heat from the sun or your heating system may sufficiently heat your home or apartment walls and stir dormant ants to activity!
The experts at Rest Easy Pest Control have provided the following information to help identify which types of ants are invading your New York property along with some prevention tips to keep them out of your home or business.
Some of the most common ants found in New York homes and businesses include:
• Carpenter Ants
• Acrobat Ants
• Pavement Ants
• Odorous House Ants
• Pharaoh Ants
• Citronella Ants
Carpenter Ant Control
Carpenter ants are one of the most dangerous ants that your home can be exposed to as they have been known to cause excessive damage to the structure of homes and businesses in New York that can be very expensive to repair. Carpenter ants will burrow through wood and nest in it, causing destruction to your property that is often confused with the damage caused by termites. There are several different types of ants that look very similar to carpenter ants. The quickest way to identify carpenter ants includes:
• Size – Carpenter ants are ¼ to ½ in. in size
• Color – Carpenter ants are mostly black with a reddish tint
Carpenter ants can gain entry to homes and business by:
• Crawling up the foundation wall
• Dropping from tree branches
• Being carried into the home in bundles of firewood
• Entering the home along cable wires
If you have found ants that are yellowish in color you are probably experiencing either citronella ants or pharaoh ants. Just like the name implies, Citronella ants will give off a citrus smell when squashed and are much smaller in size than a pharaoh ant.
Pharaoh Ant Extermination
Pharaoh ants are destructive and can build nests in walls, behind cabinets & baseboards, refrigerator insulation, inside curtain rods, stored clothing & bed sheets, stored paper products and other undisturbed dark spaces.
Contacting your Rest Easy Pest Control specialist to professionally remove ants and other unwanted pests from your property is your best of course of action. Your Rest Easy Pest Control Specialist will also place a chemical barrier around the perimeter and foundation of your property to help prevent future infestations.
House Ant Prevention
Some of the things you can do to help prevent ants and other insects from entering your home include:
• Sealing cracks in your basement walls
• Sealing around pipes, electrical outlets and HVAC units
• Examine weather stripping and door screens. Make sure it is adequate
• Seal all sources of food
• Keep basement and crawl space areas clean and fee of clutter
• Remove left over pet food as soon as your pet has finished eating
Professional Ant & Pest Inspections, Control & Removal in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx as well as Nassau, Suffolk Counties, New York
Contact the knowledgeable exterminators at Rest Easy Pest Control and ask about our comprehensive service programs that are designed to get rid of unwanted pests and prevent future infestations. You can rest easy knowing the professionals at Rest Easy Pest Control are on your side!