There are many species of house-infesting nuisance ants common to the Midwest. The most common are Carpenter, Citronella, Field, Pavement and Pharoh Ant. Ants are very social insects that live in colonies and are divided into castes (specialized groups that take care of specific tasks). These castes consist of Reproductive, Non-reproductive and Workers.

Queens are usually the largest individual within the colony. She has wings until after her mating flight and her primary function is laying eggs.

Males are also winged, and their only function is to mate with the queen.

Workers are also winged, and their only function is to mate with the queen.

Most ants establish new colonies by swarming. Normally in the spring and summer, mature ant colonies generate large numbers of winged ants (males and young queens) in hopes of establishing new colonies and are often confused with swarmer termites.

Control Procedures

Baits and/or liquid insecticides are the most common methods used to mitigate ant issues. Baits (when applicable) are the most efficient means of control because the active ingredient within the bait is carried back and fed to the other members of the colony. Winged reproductives are not interested in eating and must be controlled with liquid formulations and/or dusts.

If you are experiencing problems with any type of household nuisance ant, please call us at (219) 942-2161 for a FREE estimate!

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