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Just One Ant Or A Sign Of An Infestation In Worcester?
ants on a kitchen floor

Worcester winters can be frigid and stormy. On the worst of days, you will not want to leave your cozy Worcester home and face the elements. Now think of all the different critters living outside in the cold. Your home is warm and inviting, and ants are likely the first to step in. While the cold will draw ants towards your home, the warmth of your property will have these ants setting up shop under your roof. Learn how Big Blue Bug Solutions can provide ant control that will keep these pests from invading your property.

How Can I Tell What Type Of Ants Are On My Worcester Property?

Several types of ants inhabit the Worcester area. The most common of are:

  • Carpenter ants: Carpenter ants are a large ant species, measuring between 1/8 to 1/2 of an inch in length. Their coloration can range between brown, yellow, and a combination of red and black. Carpenter ants are great excavators of wood, and they leave behind sawdust piles, or frass, near the tunnels they create when in a home.
  • Odorous house ants: These ants are notable for the rotten coconut smell they release when crushed. Odorous house ants are brown to black and grow between 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch in length. The kitchen is a favorite area of these vermin, as they love anywhere they can find foods high in sugar.
  • Pavement ants: Pavement ants range in color between brown or black, with lighter legs and antennae, and grow to about 3/16 of an inch. Pavement ants have a stinger on their last abdominal segment but rarely sting or bite humans.
  • Pharaoh ants: Pharaoh ants have amber or yellowish bodies with dark brown or black abdomens. Varying from 1/12 to 1/16 of an inch, Pharaoh ants are dangerous because they can transmit pathogenic bacteria, such as salmonella and Streptococcus, to humans. 
  • Thief ants: Thief ants grow only to 1/32 of an inch in size and have a yellow, light brown, or dark brown coloration. These ants feed on dead insects and rodents outside your home, making them carriers of serious disease and dangerous if they enter your property.

As you can see, only bad things can come from these pests invading your beautiful home. Knowing what kind of ant you are dealing with is the first step in deciding on any ant control solution.

Should I Be Worried If I See One Ant In My Worcester House?

If you notice one ant scurrying across the floor, there is a good chance more are hiding behind the walls, under the sinks, or near the dark areas of your home. Ants are social insects; an ant colony can consist of several thousand ants living and working together as a unit. Finding evidence of ants, like the frass piles left by carpenter ants or the terrible smell of odorous house ants, are clear indicators of a possible infestation.

Will Ants In My Worcester Home Go Away On Their Own?

Once ants set up a colony on your property, they are likely to stick around until you do something. Popular ant control measures, such as ant traps and poison baits, are like putting bandages on a wound that needs stitching and result in little success against a full-blown infestation.

The best ant control in Worcester is provided by the professionals at Big Blue Bug Solutions.

How Can I Keep Ants Out Of My Worcester House Naturally?

Big Blue Bug Solutions' effective and reliable treatment options are the best pest control for ants in Worcester. For more than 80 years, we have eliminated ants, rodents, and other wildlife from Worcester homes. Our eco-friendly approach to pest control will provide a safe, clean experience for you and your property. Call us today or contact us online to receive your free estimate.