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Big ant imageTypes of Ants Found in Virginia

With the thousands of species of ants roaming the world, you might be wondering which type of ants are ruining your outdoor barbeque or invading the office breakroom at work. Though there are several species of ants found throughout Central Virginia, Exterminated Unlimited, Inc would like to inform you of the four most common; Little Black Ants, Carpenter Ants, Odorous Ants and Pavement Ants.

Little Black Ants in House & Yard

Little Black Ants are little, only measuring about 1/16th of an inch. They are jet black with no varying marks.  They do, however, feature a very small and weak stinger.  When little black ants’ small colonies are disturbed, they often move on in search of a more secluded nesting ground.  If they wander into your home, little black ants will be more drawn to decaying wood or masonry. Outdoors they are often spotted in the soil under rocks or debris. 

Carpenter Ant Control

Carpenter Ants are more destructive than most other ants.  They tunnel their way through wood, making the wood excavations their home. They too are black, but larger, measuring in at ¼”-1/2” in length and are void of stingers. Carpenter ant colonies are larger. A well-developed colony could have 15,000 worker ants alone.  They are more attracted to the soft, moist, decaying wood, but will just as easily tunnel their paths through strong and durable hard wood.  They do most of their work at night, and when carpenter ants work their way into your wooded foundation, they can do considerable damage.

Get Rid of Odorous House Ant Infestations

Odorous Ants are so named because when they are crushed, they emit a rotten coconut type odor.  They measure in at 1/8” and have brownish coloring.  They are not equipped with a stinger, and their established colonies could have over 100,000 worker ants and multiple queens.  They prefer to call their home in soil under objects outside, but they will wander inside looking for food and water sources.

Pavement Ant Facts

Pavement Ants also are 1/8” with black bodies and brownish appendages.  They do have a stinger, but rarely rely on it.  Pavement ants usually have 3,000-4,000 ants in their colonies.  Pavement ants are usually outdoor ants that prefer the safety of soil, usually in the cracks of pavement.  If they intrude into your home, it is generally because they are in search of warmth when temperatures drop.

Ant Control in Richmond and Central Virginia

Throughout Richmond and Central Virginia commercial businesses and residential homeowners have counted on Exterminated Unlimited, Inc. to control all kinds of tough pest infestations; include large stubborn ant infestations. Call us today if you are battling ants and could use some professional ant control assistance.

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