Ants are our number one invader. In our region the Odorous House Ant (OHA) is the most opportunistic and tenacious of them all. OHA invade your kitchens, baths and any portion of your home that they feel they can expand their colony. We have designed our 365 day Quarterly Program to rid your home of the OHA. Once our service has eliminated all activity we complete exterior barrier treatments every 90 days to keep insects from invading your home.
Are you having problems with pesky ants? According to the National Pest Control Association, ants have become the number one pest problem. Delaware is no exception and we have the most tenacious ant of them all. Sussex and Kent counties host the most reproductive and often the most difficult to control, the odorous house ant.
The Odorous House Ant is found throughout the United States. This pest is often found foraging for food in long trails over household surfaces and can contaminate food products. Odorous House Ants are tiny, about 1/8”long and are dark brown to black in color. They can be easily identified by the sweet sour coconut odor that is produced when their bodies are crushed.
Odorous House Ants may develop huge colonies, ranging in size from several hundred to over 100,000 individuals. These ants can produce hundreds of laying queens and thousands of workers. The male and female reproductives are often called winged swarmers. Swarmers first appear in early summer months. The male swarmers will emerge from the parent colony first, followed by the new queen. Odorous House Ants eggs have an incubation period from 11 to 26 days. Each colony will have several queens laying eggs, but each may deposit only one egg per day. The worker and the queens live for several years while males usually die a few days after mating and the mated females begin new colonies. The queens continue laying eggs until late fall. During the winter months you will find adults foraging inside.Cold weather will not stop activity, just decrease it. In spring, workers begin foraging and queens resume their egg laying.
Odorous House Ants can nest in many different places both indoors and out. Inside, these ants usually construct their nest in wall voids, under carpets, behind paneling, in crevices, in cupboards and especially around hot water pipes and heaters. Outside, they are found in exposed soil, mulch, usually shallow, and are stone, boards, bricks and other debris etc. They will use cracks in the house to enter as well as tree limbs. They will most likely enter buildings when their honeydew supply or sweet supply of food is reduced by excessive rain or drought. Trimming landscape away from the home and removing stored items such as firewood, potted plants and building material from the foundation will assist in the prevention of an odorous house ant infestation.
Odorous House Ants (OHA) are small pest ants that emit a rotten coconut odor when crushed. These ants are extremely invasive in our region. The OHA is one of the fastest reproducing ant species on Delmarva. Unlike other regional ant species, OHA have many secondary reproducers which allows the colonies to expand or "bud" rapidly. OHA are best controlled when the colony and satellite colonies are located and treated directly.
The OHA is very opportunistic and often takes advantage of your home's inaccessible areas. On warm days in January, we have observed OHA moving from mulch beds, up the foundation, and into structures. Undetected, the ants now have a perfect environment to expand and thrive. As warmer weather approaches, foraging ants will be seen invading your living space.
It is difficult for any professional to completely eliminate or rid your home of OHA once they have established residency within a structure. As professionals, we cannot always locate colonies for elimination due to their secretive nature. Often OHA infestations take time, patience, several visits and perseverance to properly manage. We ask that you understand that there is no one magic wand available to the Pest Control Industry that will eliminate an OHA problem immediately.
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