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Facts About Ants

  • Ants “talk” to each other using chemicals.
  • Ants can carry more than 3 times their one weight.
  • There are over 10 quadrillion ants on earth.
  • Some queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies.
  • Ants don’t have lungs. Oxygen enters through tiny holes all over the body and carbon dioxide leaves through the same holes.

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Do You Have An Ant Problem? We Can Help!

You might be surprised to know there are a lot of different types of ants. The most common ones you might find in or around your home include: acrobat ants, argentine ants, carpenter ants, crazy ants, fire ants, and field ants. There are four distinct life stages for ants, as they start as eggs for about one to two weeks, become larvae, then pupae, and finally an adult.

Ants live in groups, which are referred to as “colonies.” Colonies are commonly built inside trees or underground and can contain up to 300,000 to 500,000 ants. These colonies are ruled by the queen ant and each ant in the colony has a specific job to perform.

Due to their size, ants can enter your home through the smallest cracks, as they search for water and food. Once ants have found a food source inside your home, they leave a scent trail, which contains pheromones. This tells other ants to follow their trail to find the food source.

While many might not think too much of these little critters, some types of ants can actually be harmful to both you and your home. Fire ants can physically harm you as they bite to get a grip on your skin, then they sting you. When they sting you, they inject a venom called Solenopsin. This is dangerous both to you and any small animals.

When it comes to your home, carpenter ants are ones that are particularly dangerous. These ants make their nests in wood, which can cause structural damage to your home if they choose your house as their nesting place.

Diagnosing Your Ant Problem

You can rely on our expertise to figure out exactly what’s going on and how to treat it. Then we’ll recommend the most effective and efficient way to get rid of the ant problem quickly and thoroughly.

House ants are one of Long Island’s most abundant pests. Below you will find a brief description to identify if you have Ants in your home. You can also email a picture to or call our office at 800-311-6655.

Ants just like humans need three things in life to survive: food, water, and shelter all of which can be found in your home or business. The goal with the Select Exterminating pest management program helps you eliminate and control all aspects of your home. The leaking faucet in your bathroom or kitchen may just be why the ants have entered your home.

Size: 1/16 of an inch in length

Color: Black

Activity: Ants form mounds in front of homes in brick work as well as in lawns. Ant activity in walkway pavers can undermine the paving stones by displacing the sand from underneath.  Immediate treatment can eliminate costly repairs!

How We Work

The treatment method we apply depends on what we find. We can choose from a number of effective methods and combine them if necessary:

  • Applying insecticide into exterior wall voids completely around the structure to create a barrier to block worker ants foraging for food
  • Using perimeter sprays alone around the base of a structure or along with wall void treatments
  • Setting up carpenter ant baits around the base of a structure
  • We also offer Green treatments

Ants FAQ

Are ants harmful?

Yes, some species of ants can physically harm you (such as the fire ant). Other ants can do harm to your home or business (such as carpenter ants).

How big can ants get?

Depending on the species of ant, they can grow upwards of 2 inches!

How do I know what type of ants I have?

It can be hard for the average homeowner to know exactly what type of ants they have. To be sure, you should have an expert check it out. Contact us today to help identify your ant problem!


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