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Learning More About the Ants of New Jersey

New Jersey and surround states have many different types of ants. Some are named for where they make their home, others for their smell. With the recent rain, the ants might be more prominent on your property than ever. This is because all the water pushes them up out of their home and across your lawn or into the house. Here are some popular types of ants that Hoffman’s treats. Big Ant

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants build nests along cracks in sidewalks, driveways, and roads. They can even be found under logs, stones, boards, and patios for outside a home or in the insulation and inside walls if they find their way in. They are 2.5 to 3mm long and are brown to black. Infestations of pavement ants can be difficult to eliminate inside so it is best to call a professional to take care of them.

House Ants

Odorous house ants truly live up to their name. When crushed their strong odor has been said to smell of rotten coconut and blue cheese. These ants are very tiny, about 1/8th of an inch long, and are dark brown to black. These ants prefer sugar and sweets such as honeydew off of aphids and when inside your cookies and fruit juices! Odorous house ants travel in larger numbers and are very persistent. If you find yourself with a pantry full of these invaders an exterminator is who you would want to call.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are one of the largest ants ranging from 3.4 to 13mm in length! These ants are mainly black but can have a yellow or reddish hue to them. They make their home in moist and decaying wood but prefer to eat sugars and proteins, they have even been seen feeding on other ants! Carpenter ant infestations are normally found when workers are found scouting for new sources of food. If a colony gets big enough they will send out swarmers, or winged adults, to make new colonies and these swarmers can make for one mess of ants if they come out inside.

No matter your ant problem Hoffman’s is here to help. We give free inspections and estimates as well as a 30-day guarantee. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!