Ants are widely acknowledged to be the most common household pests in the NYC Pest Control region. There are six reasons why they are causing so much trouble for property owners:
1. They’re Always Found In Large Numbers
Ants are social insects, and they are always found living in colonies which can host many thousands of members. Damage is caused not merely by a single ant, but by an entire colony working together to forage for food and defend its territory against rival colonies.
2. They Burrow Inside Every Space
Ants are incredibly industrious creatures, and will go over every inch of your home or facility in their never-ending quest for food and shelter. The result of this relentless quest takes the shape of hollowed-out walls within the structure. In addition to the obvious impact to the property’s structural integrity, having people and ants in close proximity inevitably leads to the annoyance factor and stings.
3. They Can Pose Serious Health Hazards
Ant stings are painful and, for those with allergies, can seriously affect your health. If ant stings cause an allergic reaction, then you could end up in the hospital or in rare cases even die.
They may have an important sounding name but Pharaoh ants aren’t something you want inhabiting your home or business.
It is thought the ant is native to Africa. The story goes the ants may have been mistakenly identified as one of Egypt’s plagues when the pharaohs ruled. Currently, Pharaoh ants are found across America.
Pharaoh Ants Statistics
The 6-legged ant is approximately 1/16 inch long with a monomorphic shape and segmented body. Its coloring ranges from pale yellow to reddish tones. Its abdomen is usually darker in color than its body and often black.
These clever ants often use electrical wiring or telephone boxes as their network to travel behind the scenes where nests are nearly inaccessible. You may find them behind baseboards, walls, or under flooring. Colonies can number in the thousands. If you attempt to remove the ants, and fail, they’ll move to another area and create additional colonies. Removing them requires the expert help of a NJ pest control specialist.
Pharaoh Ants and Health
These indoor pests feed on proteins, dead insects, oils, and sweets. They are a major concern due to their spreading over a dozen unhealthy pathogens such as salmonella. Therefore, Pharaoh ants have a particularly bad reputation in hospitals when it comes to patient safety.
With Pharoah ants’ scorecard of more bad than good, contact our NJ pest control specialists at Stern Environmental for an inspection.
Most ant species active in New York City and northern New Jersey are classified as nuisance pests. Infestations can upset employees and customers and contaminate food supplies in kitchens and restaurants, but most NJ ants pose no serious threat to human life, with one notable exception. Pharaoh ants carry and spread more than a dozen dangerous bacteria and pathogens, including Staphylococcus, Salmonella, Pseudomonas, Streptococcus and Clostridium.
Pharaoh ant infestations are common in hospitals and nursing homes where they can spread infection between patients. Just 1/16th inch long, these tiny ants are pale yellow to red and translucent, making them extremely difficult to see. In hospital settings pharaoh ants are known to feed on wound dressings and will even crawl in and out of open wounds, spreading infection between patients.
Pharaoh ant colonies expand by budding, allowing infestations to grow exponentially. Multiple colonies with hundreds of queens can number in the hundreds of thousands and consume vast quantities of food. Their large colony size makes pharaoh ants a significant problem if they infest a grocery, school or restaurant. These ants prefer to feed on sweets such as fruit juices, syrups, soft drinks and cakes; but they are omnivores and will also devour greasy and fatty foods, breads and dead insects.
A Pharaoh ant infestation can be dangerous and should be immediately addressed by experienced commercial pest control professionals.
Pavement ants are the tiny black ants you see swarming over food particles dropped on the sidewalks of New York and New Jersey. These ants typically live under concrete slabs such as patios and sidewalks, but they may also build their nests under concrete slab buildings or in woodwork or masonry cracks inside buildings.
When-pavement ants nest under the concrete floors of commercial buildings, retail establishments or schools, their small size and swarming behavior can create a tremendous problem for building owners. Just 1/8-inch long, pavement ants can swarm into building areas en masse searching for food.
Opportunistic feeders, they’ll eat nearly anything humans eat. As they look for food, pavement ants will swarm over floors, into purses and lunch bags and onto desks; often causing panic among employees, customers or students. Understandably, employees may refuse to return to work in infested rooms until ants are exterminated.
The locations of their nests under concrete slabs and floors makes exterminating pavement ants a considerable challenge that calls for the services of an experienced New Jersey/New York commercial pest control professional. Eliminating any ant problem requires that all nest mates, eggs, immature hat and queens be killed. Pavement ant colonies typically have multiple queens which can make exterminating colonies a considerable challenge and a job for an experienced ant exterminator.