Discover the Common Ant Species in Chicagoland

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Are you a homeowner in the Chicagoland area dealing with an ant infestation? You're not alone!

Ants are common pests you can find in your home and become a nuisance or even infestation issues. At AMPEST we want to help you identify the most common ant species in our area: odorous ants, pharaoh ants, carpenter ants, and pavement ants, for you to tackle your ant problem and offer you support in case you find yourself in need of professional pest control services.

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Odorous House Ants

Odorous House ants are small, dark brown or black insects measuring about 1/8 inch in length. They are named for the unpleasant, rotten coconut-like smell they emit when crushed. These ants are attracted to sweet foods and are often found in kitchens or pantries. If you notice a strong odor when you squash an ant, you likely have an odorous house ant infestation.

Pharaoh Ants:

Pharaoh ants are tiny, yellow or light brown ants measuring about 1/16 inch long. They have a distinct two-segmented waist and a darkened abdomen tip. These ants are known for building large colonies within structures on your property, and are particularly attracted to warm, humid environments. Pharaoh ants present an extra concern since they can contaminate food and spread diseases.

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Carpenter Ants:

Carpenter ants are the largest ants to be found in the Chicagoland area, ranging from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. They are usually black or dark brown with a slightly bent antennae. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don't eat wood but instead, excavate it to create nests. But, just like with termite infestations, their activity can lead to structural damage if left untreated. Look out for small piles of sawdust-like material as an indication of carpenter ant activity.

Pavement Ants:

Pavement ants are small, measuring 1/8 to 3/16 inch in length, and are usually dark brown to black. They are called pavement ants because they typically nest under sidewalks, driveways, and building foundations. This species can enter your home through cracks in the foundation or walls, and are attracted to a variety of food sources, so detecting them early is key. You would likely find trails of them alongside the sidewalk or driveway.

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Why Ant Infestations Are a Problem

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Besides being a nuisance, ants can pose health risks and cause structural damage to your property.

Some species, like carpenter ants, can debilitate your home’s structure, while others, like pharaoh ants, can contaminate the food they come in contact with, without you even realizing they’ve been there. Identification and infestation is the most effective way to avoid long term issues. Contact Ampest to schedule a home inspection.

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Trust Ampest Exterminating for Your Ant Control Needs

At Ampest Exterminating and Wildlife Control, we specialize in spray and bait treatments in the Chicagoland area. Our experienced technicians use eco-friendly methods to effectively eliminate ant infestations and prevent future occurrences. Our personalized approach will ensure your home remains ant-free and safe for your family.

Don't let ants ruin the comfort and safety of your home this outdoor season. Contact Ampest today at 630-543-3100 or click here to schedule a free consultation. Let our team of professional exterminators help you reclaim your pest-free home!

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