Ants and Ant control in Iowa Field Ants
Red, brown, black or combinations of colors. 3 to 7mm long. Sweets and meats are preferred food. Field ants will be found outdoors along fences and sidewalks. Only occasionally invade homes. Control of field ants is not usually necessary
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Ants and Ant control in Iowa Cornfield Ant
Brown to blackish and 2 to 3mm long. Feed on sweets and meat. Common nests are found in the lawn with large mounds. Cornfield ants are usually the main ant that invades picnic areas. Control in homes is not usually necessary but can be obtained with over the counter residual sprays and dusts. Cornfield ants will not cause any damage but simply are a nuisance. Treating large ant nests in the yard and then removing can help. Use boric acid or similar dusts
Ants and Ant control in Iowa Black Carpenter Ants
Black in color 6to 12 mm in length. Feed on sweets,meat, and grease. Nests are found in decayed wood and debris. They do not feed on wood but excavate to make nests. Professional control should be sought to ensure eradication. Residuals and dusting are necessary. Large Carpenter ants are especially important because they will cause damage to homes and structures. When homes are sold, wood destroying insect inspections are performed and if carpenter ants or carpenter ant damage is found, the home will have to be professionally treated
Indoors, nests can be found inside wall voids, in hollow doors, fireplaces, or under porches and in window sills. Tell tale signs of nests are piles of sawdust or insulation. Often times it will appear that someone has bee sawing on a piece of wood. This is due to the carpenter ants excavating the wood to make a hollow area for nests. Some areas may have a “satellite nest” which is a smaller amount of ants that have branched out from the main nest. Even if the satellite nests are eliminated people may still encounter carpenter ant problems until the main nest is located and eliminated.
Carpenter Ant Control
Above is frass or wood debris from carpenter ant damage
Carpenter ants in Iowa are the ants that cause the most damage. Carpenter ants are large and black, sometimes reaching sizes of an inch or more. Baby carpenter ants can have a reddish color but still produce damage to wood. Carpenter ants will establish nests in areas such as: hollow logs, telephone poles, fence posts, or firewood piles. Some homeowners unknowingly bring them into the home on firewood. Carpenter ants usually move into structures to feed and will go back outside to the nest.
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General Ants and Ant Control in Iowa
Ants are the most successful pests in the world. Ants live in colonies and have social behaviors. Most ants prefer to nest in the ground but some species also use wood or logs. There are virtually no materials that exist that will not at some point be food to ants. Many ant species will feed on numerous varieties of food. Ants have four stages of life cycles, egg, larva, pupa and adult.
Ants are one of the most successful insects that exist. They feed on just about any kind of food but the ones that enter homes are looking for sweets and protein based products.
Ants look for areas around homes that have sufficient moisture, heat and food. If these factors are present, ants have found a great place to set up camp. Give us a call if you’re having a problem with these pests.