Types of Ants in New Jersey
Residents of New Jersey can find various types of ants throughout their homes.
- carpenter ants
- pharaoh ants
- pavement ants
- odorous ants
Some of the most concerning are carpenter ants, which nest in wood. Large colonies can cause structural damage to buildings over a period of time. These pests are larger than most other ants, at approximately one-quarter to five-eighths of an inch in length.
Finding red ants in or around the home could indicate an infestation of pharaoh or pavement ants.
Pharaoh ants can also have yellow bodies.
Pavement ants may be brown or black.
Odorous house ants are typically brown.
Odorous House Ant
Damage & Other Problems Caused by Ants
Carpenter ants weaken wooden beams and walls, as the pests tunnel through buildings’ groundwork to travel and nest. They typically leave mounds of wood dust and shavings near infested areas and parts of dead ants.
Pharaoh, pavement, odorous house, and other ant species infest homes when seeking fatty, oily, and sweet foods that have been left out or uncovered.
Ants in kitchens and pantries are likely to transmit harmful bacteria to food, utensils, and prep areas from unclean areas where they were foraging.
With these risks in mind, homeowners are encouraged to seek professional help with Western Pest Services when ant infestations are detected.
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