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Stopping Ants Entering Your Home Minnesota

Minnesota homeowners have more than enough to worry about; the last thing you want to have on your mind is pesky ants wandering through your home and your life. (more…)

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Get Professional Help For Carpenter Ants MN

Carpenter ants make their nests in galleries they bore out of wood. The nest can be inside or outside the house.  Carpenter ants are active indoors during many months of the year, usually during the spring and summer. When ants are active in the house during late winter/early spring (February/March), the infestation (nest) is probably within the household. When carpenter ants are first seen in the spring and summer (May/June), then the nest is likely outdoors and the ants are simply coming in for food. The natural food of the ants consists of honeydew from aphids, other insects, and plant juices, but they will readily forage for water and food scraps within the house. (more…)

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Pest Control Minneapolis MN | MN Carpenter Ant Pest Control

The sight of big, black carpenter ants scurrying across the floor is a creepy sight for homeowners because it might mean that they are nesting somewhere in the house. They are large ants, 6-12 mm long (3/8-1/2 inch); the flying queen ants may be nearly 2 cm long (7/8 inch). For brief periods in the spring and early summer the winged ants Drawing of carpenter antswarm into the air on mating flights. The queens are easy to see as they settle, shed their wings and search for decaying wood to begin their nest. Very few of them will find an ideal site, which is usually outdoors. Their presence does not mean that your house is infested. Carpenter ants are actually beneficial predators that feed on small insects, honeydew and dead and decaying material. (more…)

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Minneapolis MN Ant Pest Control | Carpenter Ant Control MN

Give Ants Their Marching Papers One by One

Carpenter ants do not eat wood; termites do. These ants eat insects and the honeydew excreted by aphids and other sap-feeding insects. Carpenter ants excavate nesting galleries in moist or water-damaged wood, sometimes within a wall cavity. Finding a few ants does not always mean there is an infestation. Early spring, before their regular food is available, worker ants often wander inside homes looking for sweets, fats, and other foods. Most carpenter ant damage occurs during the growing season. Large numbers of ants can be destructive, yet many times they are more of a nuisance than a serious threat. (more…)

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Carpenter Ant Pest Removal | MN Ant Pest Control | Carpenter Ants

Are You Sure Those Are Ants?  Ant or Termite?  How Can You To Tell The Difference?

Entomologists refer to winged ants and termites as alates. The alate is simply the adult, sexually mature stage in the ant or termite life cycle. Alates develop in the colony from immature stages prior to the flight season. When the alates receive the proper cues (warm temperatures, bright sunlight, low winds, for example) they will leave the colony and fly away to start their own colonies. The exodus of alates from a colony, known as a dispersal or nuptial flight, is commonly referred to as swarming; so alates are often referred to as swarmers. Male and female termites shed their wings and will pair up when a suitable mate is found. Then they will search for a suitably damp piece of wood or soil where they will start their new colony. Swarming in ants is different. Male and female alates leave the nest and after the female is inseminated, the male dies. The newly fertilized female then searches for a suitable nesting site – the choice of where to nest depends on the species. (more…)

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Minnesota Ant Pest Control

Carpenter ants, vary in size and color but are usually large (1/4-1/2 inch) and blackish.  Occasionally, swarms of winged carpenter ant reproductives will emerge inside a home.  Carpenter ant swarms usually occur in the spring and are a sure sign that a colony is nesting somewhere inside the structure.

Winged carpenter ants can be distinguished from termites by their larger size and shape of their antennae, waist and wings. 

Besides being objectionable by their presence, carpenter ants damage wood by hollowing it out for nesting.  They excavate galleries in wood which have a smooth, sandpapered appearance.  Wood which has been damaged by carpenter ants contains no mud-like material, as is the case with termites.  Shredded fragments of wood, similar in appearance to coarse sawdust, are ejected from the galleries through preexisting cracks or slits made by the ants.  When such accumulations are found (typically containing dead ants and bits of insects which the carpenter ants have eaten), it is a good indication that a carpenter ant nest is nearby.  Oftentimes, however, the excavated sawdust remains hidden behind a wall or in some other concealed area.

If you have a carpenter ant infestation, what you need is an exterminator who will locate the nest location(s) and eliminate all the ants.  They are well trained in locating their nesting location and terminating the colony.

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Minnesota Ant Pest Control

Ant colonies can be enormous.  Their colonies can number up to 300,000-500,000.  They can basically invade your home or office through any crack or hole.  Your lawn, walls, stumps, and under your foundation, are perfect nesting spots for ants.  Generally, they are seeking sweet or greasy food, or water, so closing lids, and cleaning up messes can help reduce the problem.

There are many different “castes”, or types, of Carpenter Ants, such as the queen, workers and males.  Since any of these three castes of Carpenter Ants look differently from one another, and many of these ants look and act similarly to termites and some other types of ants, it is imperative to seek professional help when identifying and removing the ant infestation.   Different species require different treatments.  What you need is an exterminator who will locate the nest location(s) and eliminate all the ants.  If you think you may have a Carpenter Ant problem, call a pest control professional today!

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