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Ant pest control service in central Indiana

Ants can be a certain annoyance when they get into your property. Most ants aren’t thought to carry diseases, but the distress is you don’t know where they’ve been scavenging outside, so you won’t want them trudging through your kitchen, cabinets and structures of your home.

At American Pest Professionals, we use very effective measures following trails of ants and making sure we exterminate all traces of ants in your homes and businesses.


Acrobat ants

Pest description:
Length: 1/8-inch long.
Color: Brown to blackish.

Description: Acrobat ants often tunnel and nest in wood. They live in decaying tree stumps and can live in woodwork, especially door or window frames. Acrobat ants may nest in wood already damaged by carpenter ants or termites. Nests are also found in foam insulation. Nest locations are often associated with moisture problems and water leaks. Acrobat ants feed on honeydew produced by aphids.


Carpenter ants

This is a native species and the common species in the east and is black in color. These ants get their common name from their habit of hollowing out galleries in pieces of wood for nesting purposes. This nesting habit can result in structural damage. These ants are about 1/8 to 1/3 of an inch long and usually contain over 3,000 workers. The only external indication of infestation other than the presence of workers and/or swarmers is the appearance of small openings or windows on the surface of the wood.

Through these, the workers expel debris that consists of sawdust-like shavings and/or fragments of insulation and insect body parts. The accumulation of such debris below such holes is a good indication of an infestation. Most carpenter ant species establish their first nest in decayed wood and later expand or enlarge this into sound wood. Inside, nests are located in wood, insulation and/or wall voids. Outside, nests are typically located in rotting fence posts, stumps, old firewood, dead portions of standing trees, and under stones or fallen logs. Outside is the usual location of the parent colony. In midsummer, satellite nests are established outside or indoors.


Crazy ants

Length: 1/8-inch long.
Description: The body has long coarse hairs. These ants are easily recognized by extremely long legs and antenna. Crazy ants get their name because they seem to run erratically with no apparent sense of direction. Crazy ants often nest in soil of potted tropical plants. They do not survive outdoors in northern climates but can be a persistent pest when established indoors.


Ghost ants

Length: Tiny, usually less than 1/16-inch in length.
Color: Pale, with a dark head and abdomen.
Description: They are occasionally found in apartments and greenhouses in northern states. These ants nest outdoors under items on the ground, within landscape mulch, beneath loose bark on trees, under ground cover, in potted plants and within piles of items such as lumber, firewood or bricks. Nests may be readily established inside homes in walls, beneath carpeting and in other suitable voids or spaces.


Pavement ants

Description: This ant has a light brown to black body with paler legs and antennae and are about 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long. Colonies are moderately large, averaging three to four thousand ants. Winged reproductive ants appear outside primarily in June and July, but they may emerge anytime inside including during the winter months. Inside, these ants will occasionally nest in walls, in insulation and under floors near some heat source in the winter. They often follow pipes that come through slabs for access to upper floors of buildings. Outside, these ants typically nest under stones, in cracks found in pavement and next to buildings. They typically bring soil up to the surface and pile it up around the entry hole.


Pharaoh ants

Length: 1/16-3/32-inch long.
Color: Yellowish to red.
Description: Pharaoh ants nest in secluded spots and prefer temperatures between 80-86 degrees Fahrenheit. These ants are frequent house invaders, often found around kitchen and bathroom faucets, where they obtain water. Pharaoh ants feed on sweets but prefer fatty foods. The ants also eat dead insects and prey on other insects. Pharaoh ants are more common in warmer climates.


Odorous house ant

Description: The pungent rotten-coconut-like odor given off when this ant is crushed gives it its name. They are brown to black and are about 1/16 to 1/8 inch long. Colonies may be composed of several hundred to 100,000 ants. The first swarmers appear from May to mid-July.

These ants usually construct their nests near a moisture source such as in wall voids (especially around hot water pipes and heaters), in bath traps, beneath commodes with leaking seals, in crevices around sinks, cupboards, etc., but also in wood damaged by termites. These ants prefer sweets but also eat foods with high protein content and grease, such as meats and cheese. Outside, they are often found in the nests of larger ants, in exposed soil, but mostly under objects including stacks of lumber, firewood, bricks, etc. They are most likely to enter buildings when their honeydew supply is reduced, such as during rainy weather or with leaf fall in the autumn. They like to follow guidelines or edges.