Controlling the Many Types of Ants and Their Habits in Massachusetts

The most prolific pest in Massachusetts is without a doubt ants. There are many types of ants in Massachusetts. They all have different habits. As an ant control specialist in Massachusetts, we know some are nastier pests than others. What types of ants in Massachusetts can you find infesting a home?

Carpenter Ants – You’re probably familiar with carpenter ants. They’re on the large side. They grow up to half an inch long! They’ll chew tunnels into wood. Unlike termites, they don’t eat wood. They just construct their homes here. Damaged or soft wood is easiest for them to dig out.

Pavement Ants (otherwise known as Picnic Ants or Sugar Ants) – If you’ve seen ants nesting between the cracks in pavement, or where pavement runs up against a lawn, they’re very likely pavement ants. Pavement ants grow up to an eighth of an inch long. They’ll usually gain access to your home and the food inside through cracks in the foundation, or through improperly sealed gaps that allow pipes in. These ants also go by the aliases of Picnic Ants or Sugar Ants.

Pharaoh Ants – These ants originally come from equatorial regions. In a place like Massachusetts, pharaoh ants will seek out warm buildings. They make very large colonies and are one of the most likely ants to spread various diseases.

Odorous House Ants – These are very small ants that like to nest near moist areas – bathtubs, drains, and especially pipes. They won’t damage wood, but odorous house ants can quickly create several colonies in a home with accessible food and water. This is because each nest boasts several queens capable of reproducing. As you can probably guess from their name, their smell when crushed is very unpleasant.

Acrobat Ants – They may have a fun name, but these ants will bite and release a disgusting smelling odor if they feel threatened. You don’t want to leave acrobat ants in your home for long.

Cornfield Ants – These ants typically stay outdoors and feed on crops. If cornfield ants do find their way into your home, they can be a voracious pest.

Little Black Ants – These ants are rare, and easy to miss if you’re not looking for them. Because little black ants are so small, they can get into your food quite easily before you notice.

You may also spy thief ants, which feed off the colonies of other ants. Any ant colony in your home will only grow larger over time. Killing ants without attacking the colony won’t have much impact. Consult an ant control specialist in Worcester for help in eradicating ant infestations.

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