Ants

Ants are a very common pest in our area. Some ants are nuisance pests while others can cause actual physical damage within the home by attacking wood and electrical wires.


The nuisance ants we typically discover inside homes are often attracted to spills and crumbs left behind on countertops and floors. Eliminating these food sources can be very helpful in reducing nuisance ant populations.


Other ants, such as carpenter ants, can cause extensive damage by attacking wood members with in a structure. Moist or damp conditions within a structure are often contributing factors when these destructive pests are found inside. Remedying these conducive conditions are paramount when attempting to eliminate these destructive pests.


Ants typically gain access to our homes through cracks or small openings around the home. Sealing up these entry points where possible, will help to decrease the chances of the ants gaining access to the interior of your home. Overhanging branches or other shrubbery that have direct contact with your home should also be trimmed back to reduce the pathways they often use to gain access. Ants many times nest in and around wood piles stored around a home. Any wood piles near or against the home should be moved and stored in a manner so they are not in direct contact with the soil. Finally, the elimination of any standing water outside the home, will often be helpful in decreasing ant populations as ants require a water source to survive.


Call Humphreys today and let our technicians get your ant problems under control.
 

Acrobat Ants

 
Acrobat Ants — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
Acrobat ants get their common name from their ability to acrobatically raise their abdomen over their thorax and head, especially when disturbed.

Color: Light brown to black, sometimes multicolored
Legs: 6
Shape: Long, segmented; heart-shaped abdomen
Size: 1/16 – 1/8” (2.5 – 4 mm)
Antennae: Yes Read more
 
 

Carpenter Ants

 
Carpenter Ants — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. These are large ants ranging in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen.

Color: Usually red, black or a combination  Read more
 
 

Crazy Ants

 
Crazy Ants — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
Crazy ants get their common name from the workers' habit of running in an erratic, jerky manner when searching for food.

Color: Dark brown to black with gray sheen
Legs: 6
Shape: Long, segmented
Size: 1/16 – 1/8” (2.2 – 3.0 mm)
Antennae: Yes

 
 

Odorous House Ants

 
Odorous House Ants — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
The odorous house ant gets its name from 25the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny brown ants range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long.

Color: Brown or black
Legs: 6
Shape: Segmented; oval
Size: 1/16" - 1/8"
Antennae: Yes

 
 

Pavement Ants

 
Pavement Ants — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
25Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. These dark brown to black ants can also infest structures.

Color: Dark brown to blackish
Legs: 6
Shape: Segmented; oval
Size: 1/8"
Antennae: Yes
 
 

Pharaoh Ants

 
Pharaoh Ants — Pest Control & Extermination in Glenside, PA
Pharaoh ants get their name from the mistaken belief that they were one of the plagues of Egypt during the time of Pharaohs. This species is thought to be native to Africa, but is currently found throughout the Unites States.

Color: Body usually pale, varying from yellowish to reddish with abdomen often darker to black  Read more