Click on the ants to the left for more information on identification, pictures, habits, and recommended ant control products and procedures.
You will find descriptions and recommendations for control of the more common household ants such as the the:
Argentine, Pharoah, Carpenter, Fire, Ghost, Odorous House ants and Leaf cutter ants.
You will also find links to other entomology sites concerned with ants and a handy link to determine the difference between the termite or the ant.
We outline the different strategies and tips for ant control inside or outside, in the yard or in your kitchen. Find out about the top 10 things you need to know about fire ants.
We carry only professional pest control products, the same that your Orkin man would use. Many times home remedies for ant control just don't get the job done.
Ants live practically everywhere but are most abundant in warm climates.
There are about 10,000 kinds, or "species," of ants. Within each species there are usually many different types.
Ants are social insects that live in colonies and are some of the most successful insects.
Ant colonies include one or more queens, as well as workers, eggs, larvae, and pupae.
Worker ants maintain their developed structures known as nests.
Nests protect the ants against their enemies, offer some protection against extremes of weather, and often are placed close to water and food sources.
Some ant species nest in the ground, oftentimes under concrete or slabs.
Some ant species are found in wood, such as fence posts, dead logs, hollow trees, or within buildings.
Termites are also found in wood, but their damage will be a lot more extensive
because carpenter ants will only dig out or hollow out a cavity known as a nest gallery.
Ants cannot eat wood as do termites because they can't digest cellulose.
The body structure of an ant is typical of almost all insects: six-legged, with a tough "outside skeleton",called the exoskeleon,
encasing three separate body parts, and with a two multi-purpose antennae.
Unlike most other insects, ants have a waist, making it easier to identify.
The exoskeleton protects it from the weather, injury and water loss.
This shell contains varying amounts of an organic compound called "chitin."
Insects with external skeletons have great strength for their size.
Have you ever seen an ant dragging another insect many times its weight?
It is the ant's exoskeleton and muscle arrangement that gives it its strength.