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Ant Control

Ants are primarily nuisance pests, but they can be disease vectors and contaminate foods by spreading bacteria, including salmonella, staphyloccus, clostridium and streptococcus. Some ant species also sting. Ants may also attract other insects which feed on them.

Florida has many species of ants and we group them as house-infesting, yard-infesting and carpenter ants. The most common ants we encounter at 360PestControl are odorous (aka sugar), pharaoh, white-footed, Argentine, ghost, pyramid, carpenter, rover, native fire, imported fire, crazy, thief, Caribbean, acrobat and big-headed.

Ant Pest Control Services in Jacksonville

Ants are social insects and that helps us control them but to do so, we must know how to properly identify the ant and understand their biology and behavior. Repellent chemical sprays simply do not work, and most ants have developed resistance to common chemicals. In fact, most sprays may make the infestation worse by causing the ants to scatter into multiple colonies (budding).

At 360PestControl, we provide ant control in Jacksonville and serveral other service areas throughout Florida.

Structure Infesting Ants

Identifying the ant species present in your home or office is critical to proper treatment and control. The single biggest mistake many homeowners or maintenance staff make is in trying to treat ants with DIY ant sprays. These are often repellant sprays which do not kill colonies. Most ant species are resistant to these common sprays from years of exposure.

Odorous House Ant, or Sugar Ant eradication in Jacksonville

Odorous House Ants

Odorous House Ants, a/k/a sugar ants, are common pests in Florida. They are attracted to moisture. They are small, about 1/16″ to 1/8″ and are brown to black in color. Colonies can easily reach 100,000 or more.

OHA’s are fast and usually travel in lines and they give off a “rotten coconut” smell. They move their nest about every three weeks so locating their trail is critical to eradication. They will nest in wood piles, wall voids, logs, mulch, in other animal nests, window frames and insulation.

OHA’s are attracted to sweets such as fruit juices and pastries but they will eat most anything including pet foods. No amount of baits or sprays will control OHA’s without modification to occupant behavior and excluding entry into the structure. Inside, food sources must be removed and outside, tree branch trimming, standing water removal, leak repair or sealing of gaps/cracks is often required.

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants, are one of the most difficult ant species to control. These ants love warm, humid and inaccessible areas. Their colonies can be very large and they are resistant to most insecticides. This ant is a major spreader of bacteria. They like to travel along plumbing pipes and electrical wires in walls. Repellant chemical sprays should never be used as they will cause the colonies to fracture (bud) and spread throughout the structure.

Pharaoh ants are attracted to sweet, fatty or oily foods.

Whitefooted Ant control around Jacksonville

Whitefooted Ants

Whitefooted ants are mostly found outdoors but will move indoors in search of food, water and habitat. Outdoors, these ants feed on plant nectars and honeydew produced by aphids, mealybugs and scales. Whitefooted ants reproduce rapidly and form multiple nests.

Indoors, these ants are commonly found in kitchens and baths and they build nests in wall voids.

Repellant chemical sprays should never be used to control these ants.

Argentine Ants

Argentine ants are aggressive and will kill competing ants colonies. While they prefer to live outdoors, they typically invade structures when the weather cools or to seek higher ground during high rain events. They are major spreaders of bacteria. Their colonies can number in the millions. Because they reproduce so rapidly, eradication is rarely achieved with spot or one-time treatments.

Argentine Ant control in Jacksonville
Ghost Ant extermination in Jacksonville

Ghost Ants

Ghost ants are small, pale and hard to see. They establish multiple nests and are commonly found in kitchens where they seek sweet foods. Indoors nests can be found in wall voids, behind baseboards/cabinets and in the soil in potted plants. They need high moisture, so they seek water sources around sinks, shower stalls, tubs, pet bowls and potted plants.

Pyramid Ants

Pyramid ants prefer to nest outdoors, and their nests have a volcano shape in the ground. They will forage indoors for sweet foods and water.

Control of these ants is best accomplished with nest treatment and regularly scheduled lawn treatment for insects.

Pyramid Ant control in Jacksonville
Carpenter Ant eradication in Jacksonville

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants construct satellite nests in addition to the parent colony. Carpenter ants take advantage of existing damage in wood and often occupy wood previously damaged by termites. They may continue to excavate the wood to build nests or lay eggs, but will not consume it like a termite would.

While it is easy to exterminate a satellite nest of carpenter ants in a wall or patio column post, that does not exterminate the colony. The satellite nest may have originated from another satellite nest or the parent colony which may be located outdoors in a tree, wood pile, landscape timbers or in another area within the structure. Sometimes, it is impossible to locate all colonies or to know if the parent colony has been eliminated.

If you have an infestation of carpenter ants, you need professional help. An extensive infestation can cause structural damage over time.

Carpenter ants can bite if disturbed.

Rover Ants

Rover ants are a nuisance pest which is difficult to control. The good news is they do not establish super colonies. Rover ants like high moisture so it is critical to repair any leaking piping, to remove standing water sources and poor drainage.

Rover Ant eradication in Jacksonville

Fire Ants

Florida is home to the Florida Native Fire Ant and the Imported Fire Ant. Both fire ant species have stingers, and they are aggressive if disturbed. The sting of a fire ant is painful and leaves welts with white pustule. Many people are allergic to the venom from fire ants.

Fire ants build large nests often seen as mounds in yards, golf courses, parks and pastures, but they also nest in rotting logs, around trees and stumps, under pavement, indoors and inside electrical equipment and utility housings.

They feed on carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. They can forage more than 100 feet from their nest and there can be multiple nests. Controlling fire ants is difficult once established. Reinfestation of treated areas is common. Controlling fire ants is often an on-going program involving broadcast treatment of the entire area plus mound treatment.

Crazy Ants

Crazy ants get their name from their habit of running in an erratic, jerky manner. They are considered nuisance pests and pose little health threat.

Crazy ants typically invade our homes during cooler weather when they are foraging for food and water.

Crazy ants can bite if disturbed.

Crazy Ant control in Jacksonville
Thief Ants in Jacksonville

Thief Ants

Thief ants are one of the smallest household ants. Thief ants are often confused with Pharaoh ants and are also referred to as "grease ants" or "sugar ants".

Thief ants are trailing ants. They are major spreaders of bacteria.

Acrobat Ants

Acrobat ants are a nuisance pest but if the colony is disturbed, they may sting. These trailing ants often enter structures along wires, utility lines and pipes running from outside to inside the structure.

These ants are attracted to moisture and are often found in water damaged wood, around leaking windows and in kitchens and baths.

Acrobat Ants in Jacksonville
Bigheaded Ants in Jacksonville

Bigheaded Ants

Bigheaded ants leave visible evidence of infestation by displacing soil in lawns, between pavers or along foundations. Like termites, they leave foraging tubes up the sides of foundations and walls. They may also be found in trees where they will travel along branches to gain access to attics.

Controlling Bigheaded ants is difficult because they establish multiple nests and populations typically extend across property lines. Repellant chemical sprays should never be used as it will cause the colonies to bud.

Bigheaded ants may displace other ant species such as the red imported fire ant and the white footed ant. Bigheaded ants can sting if disturbed.

While some ants are nuisance pests, some pose health risks:

Disease Vectors

  • Pharoah
  • Argentine
  • Thief

Stinging Ants

  • Native Fire
  • Imported Fire
  • Bigheaded
  • Harvester
  • Acrobat

Biting Ants

  • Field
  • Crazy
  • Carpenter

How do we eradicate ants?

Successful eradication and control of ants requires knowledge of the specie present. Some ants prefer sugars, some prefer protein, and some are present due to weather and site conditions.

Megacolony ants (Odorous, Pharaoh, Whitefooted, Argentine, Ghost, Fire, Bigheaded and Carpenter) require a 3-prong treatment plan:

  • Broadcast granular treatment
  • Bait stations
  • Interior treatment consisting of gel baits, insecticical dusting and liquid treatment

Single nesting ants (Pyramid, Rover, Harvester, Crazy, Thief, Pyramid and Acrobat) often require perimeter treatment, treatment of the nest and exclusion of entry points into the structure.

Ant Control Services & More

360PestControl serves the Jacksonville area in addition to more areas throughout Florida which include Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Crestview, Fort Pierce, and more. Pests we can assist you with include ants, rodents, cockroaches, bed bugs, flies, mosquitos, fleas, bees, and more. Call us today at (904) 637-1109.

Regardless of the species present, 360PestControl offers a complete guarantee for our service. Call us today at (904) 637-1109.

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