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COMMON TREASURE VALLEY ANTS
The treasure valley is home to many types of Ants. Below are some of the more common ones that infest treasure valley homes and businesses.
The most effective way to kill an ant colony is by using the workers against the colony. The goal is to get them to take the bait to the queen and young, who then eat it, then die. To do that we need your help: DON’T SPRAY ANYTHING LIKE RAID OR OTHER REPELLENTS, THE ANTS WILL AVOID THAT AREA, and we want them to get as much access to the area as possible, to get as much of the bait back to the colony as we can. Second, place some honey in 3 or 4 places where you’ve seen ants on a piece of tape or its equivalent to draw the ants out into an active foraging trail. Do that at least 4 hours before we come. When we come, we will place either directly on top of your honey or in a bait station some bait. The worker ants will flock to it, devour it, share it with the queen and the young so we can kill the entire colony.
Pavement ants are black/brown ants that nest in and around cracks in pavement, under stones or rocks, or next to foundations. They can be found inside also, with colonies under floors, inside walls, etc. They are very small, only 1/8 inch to 1/6 inch long. Pavement ants are unsightly and are a nuisance, often gathering around dropped food in kitchens and pantries.
Carpenter Ants are large dark bodied ants that can cause structural problems. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants do not eat wood, they excavate galleries for their colony’s or satellite colony’s home. Left unchecked, carpenter ant tunneling can cause serious damage that can weaken the integrity of a structure.
Harvester ants are large red ants (sometimes with brown markings) that create burrows in fields and lawns. Harvester ants are gatherers of seeds and other like materials that typically do not invade homes for food or shelter. Exceptions are during mating season when swarms of winged harvester ants mate; typically in high locations like rooftops or chimneys. Bites from harvester ants are extremely painful, especially when numerous bites take place.