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Have you spotted black ants in and around your home or business? There over a thousand ant species in the U.S. and many of them are black in color. However, there are some black ant species that commonly infest properties, including:
While the above list features the most common types of black ants, there are many other types of ants that have species that are black in color. Although black ants share the same color, their behavior, biology and the proper way to get rid of them varies depending on the species.
That's why it is crucial to partner with pest control professionals like Western Exterminator who can accurately identify the species and determine the best treatment method.
If you are seeing black ants in and around your property, call Western Exterminator at 800-937-8398 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.
Call A Professional - Ants are one of the most difficult pests to keep from infesting your property. While DIY methods may appear to quick fixes, they are often not effective and rarely offer a long term solution. By working with a professional ant control company like Western Exterminator, you can rest easy knowing that the treatment will work and is applied the right way.
Identify the Ant - The first thing your dedicated technician will do is identify the type of ant that is infesting your property. Different species of ant require different treatment methods so it's important to know the type of ant infesting the property.
Locate the Nest - You need to treat the source of the infestation. Depending on the species, black ants will build their nests in a variety of places in buildings.
Exterior/Interior Treatment - A treatment may need to be applied to both the exterior and interior of a property where ant activity is noted. Ant nests and trails will often need to be treated.
In addition to being unsightly, there are a number of serious reasons why you don't want black ants in your house. While ants play a beneficial role in nature, inside man-made buildings they pose a risk to people.
When black ants enter homes, they carry with them bacteria that can contaminate food. Some types of black ants like carpenter ants can cause property damage when they burrow into wooden structures.
There is also the risk of ants inflicting painful stings and bites on people especially in instances where infestations are allowed to grow to a large scale.
While there are over-the-counter ant control methods you can purchase, the most effective way to get rid of black ants is to hire a pest control professional.
The kitchen is one of the most common areas black ants are seen indoors. Ants of all colors are searching for living conditions inside your home and your kitchen is often area that provides those conditions. Foraging ants in your kitchen will use pheromone trails to communicate with the rest of their colony that this is a place where they can find food.
Kitchens that have crumbs on the floor or sticky spills that were not properly cleaned up will be more attractive to black ants. Try to keep your kitchen as clean as possible and seal up any entry points in the surrounding area.
Odorous house ants are one more the more common types of black ants found in kitchens.
Are you noticing small black ants in your property? There are a number of common types of black-colored ants that are found in homes and businesses, including:
Little Black Ants - As one would gather from its name, the little black ant (Monomorium minimum) are very small growing to a length of 1/14. Little black ants are more common in the San Francisco area as well as southern California.
Odorous House Ants - Odorous house ants are found throughout the United States and can be as small as 1/16 in. Odorous house ants get their namesake for the coconut-like smell they emit when crushed. Fond of sweets and honeydew, the small black ants will build their nests in close proximity to water source.
Pavement Ants - Pavement ants (Tetramorium caespltum) are small, black ants that are active in both California and Washington. Worker Pavement ants can be as small as 1/16 in length. The most common way these pests enter properties is through ground-level masonry walls.
While whether ants are considered large or small is somewhat in the eye of the beholder, the most well known big black ant is the carpenter ant. While carpenter ants are polymorphic (meaning they can vary in size), they are one of the biggest types of big black ants as they are capable of growing to 1/2 inch.
Carpenter ant reproductives are winged and are often confused with winged termites. Other larger ant species that could possibly be considered large include Argentine ants, fire ants, white-footed ants, acrobat ants and more.
Ant queens are also larger than worker and other types of ants in the colony.
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