Small Ants & Sugar Ants
The most prevalent kinds of small ants in Portland, OR;
Vancouver, WA; & Camas metro area are the odorous house ant,
the moisture ant, and pavement ant.
Of the three, the odorous house ant (2.4-3.3 mm long) aka “the sugar ant” is by far the most widespread house ant found indoors in the Pacific Northwest. The odorous house ant is small and black and has a gland that releases a coconut-like odor when crushed.
Odorous house ants frequently move their nests inside a home. An odorous house ant colony has multiple queens and nesting sites. “Satellite” colonies are usually established in wall voids within the home and are most often found near moisture (e.g. kitchen and bathroom areas).
Why my home?
The two main reasons why ants are attracted to our homes are water and shelter. This is why sugar ants often appear in kitchen & bathroom areas or in adjacent parts of the home. Because ants are “opportunistic,” they’ll usually take advantage of any food they come across.
How Do I Get Rid Of Small Ants & Sugar Ants?
Unfortunately it doesn’t take long before most homeowners realize ants are persistent invaders and often require professional help.
Ant scouts leave pheromone or “scent trails” for their friends to follow. (The ants go marching one by one hurrah, hurrah…) When homeowners spray ants themselves, they usually spray over the counter pesticides which are repellent to ants. They might also use ant baits. Repellent sprays will kill ants in the immediate area on contact and baits will kill a few ants inside the nest, but these pesticides never get to the source of the problem by breaking the egg cycle. Aspen uses commercial grade “non-repellents” on ants. These products are specifically designed to be undetectable to ants (no odor or taste). Because ants can’t detect them, they can’t avoid them. The pheromone or scent trails remain intact and our products are gradually taken back to the nest ultimately breaking the egg cycle.
Aspen has used its proven method on ants thousands of times successfully. When Aspen treats an ant problem, results are always 100% guaranteed.
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