There are a number of different types of ants that might cause problems for New York homeowners: carpenter ants, odorous house ants, crazy ants, pavement ants, little black ants, and acrobat ants. Viking Pest can handle ant control for any of the types of ants in New York. The approach that we take with extermination depends on a number of factors, including the size of the ant colony, the location of the colony, and the type of ant problem that you have. In addition, because most of these ants use the same source material for food, there is the possibility that are dealing with multiple, simultaneous ant infestations. Therefore, if you have identified an ant problem, it important to have the type of ant identified.
Noticing a rotten-coconut smell in your home? That smell is indicative of an odorous ant infestation. These pests do not carry diseases and do not bite, so they are considered more of a nuisance-pest than a hazard-pest. However, they can damage food storage containers and their smell can be quite offensive. Little black ants, crazy ants, acrobat ants, and pavement ants are exterminated for similar reasons; they threaten your food supply but do not pose a direct threat to other property or to your family.
Carpenter ants are an entirely different story. Carpenter ants, unlike termites, do not actually eat wood. However, like termites, they do destroy wood. That is because carpenter ants nest in the wood. Whether eating or nesting in wood, wood-destroying bugs like carpenter ants can cause significant amounts of property damage. Moreover, like termites, carpenter ants can swarm seasonally, often bringing attention to a long-term underlying infestation. Carpenter ants can also be very difficult to exterminate; you have to find the colony and, large colonies often have satellite colonies; if you fail to kill all of the colonies, the problem will continue.
If you need ant control in New York, contact Viking Pest. We will start with identifying what type of ants you have, and then tailor a treatment program based on the type of ant and the size of the infestation.