Ants

Some people don’t consider ants to be pests – until they reach a level of infestation that torments the
family and pets. Then, you need to find an ant exterminator in Virginia Beach. Ants eat protein. That
means that they are drawn to your pets’ food dishes, storage containers with pet food, and even your
pets’ feces. Left unchecked, the ants can swarm to the point where your pets are tortured by ants
constantly crawling on them and, in some cases, biting.

Ants will also invade your house, eating the same foods you eat. They also eat termites. People often
find ants in the “wet” areas of their homes, such as the bathrooms and laundry room. This is because
termites are attracted to those moist areas, where they can destroy the wood in your home and get
plenty of water, too. Some people think that the little black “sugar ants” are after sugar in toothpaste or
on food on the counter. While that may be the case, large infestations usually indicate a termite
problem, because the ants eat termites.

Unfortunately, ants also carry germs. All kinds of pathogens, such as staphylococcus, salmonella, and
strep cling to the bodies of these ants. Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can be spread everywhere the ants
travel in your home. Keep in mind that they eat the protein excreted in your pets’ feces, and carry that
around on their bodies as well.

Contact Virginia Beach BioGuard Pest Control for any of your ant control needs.

Common Types of Ants

Argentine Ant

Argentine Ant Facts

Averaging approximately 1/16″ in size, Argentine Ants do not have stingers. They emit a stale greasy or musty odor when crushed. They are typically found in moist areas (such as kitchens and bathrooms) located near food sources. They build colonies under rocks and inside walls. Each female can lay one egg per day and they can live several years.

Carpenter Ant Facts

Usually black, carpenter ants are between 1/4-3/8” long. These large ants do not eat wood, but often live in hollow trees or logs. Each colony has only one egg laying queen, but may have up to 3,000 worker ants.

Carpenter Ant
Fire Ant

Fire Ant Facts

Aggressive and venomous, fire ants will bite predators multiple times and can kill small wildlife or domestic animals. They can also eat through rubber wire insulation. When these guys bite it hurts. They are between 1/16-1/4″ long and dark red. Fire ants build mounds of earth that can house up to 250,000 worker ants.

Pavement Ant Facts

At 1/10″ long and brown, pavement ants will sometimes live in the harborage of larger ants, feeding on their hosts’ young. They nest in sidewalk cracks, along curbs, under rocks, under floors, or in walls.

Pavement Ant
Pharaoh Ant

Pharaoh Ant Facts

The Pharaoh ant is a small (2 mm) yellow or light brown, almost transparent ant notorious for being a major indoor nuisance pest, especially in hospitals.