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As any Tampa resident knows, ants are a constant nuisance in and around the home. From invading your pantry to their unpleasant bites, there are many reasons to call in the professionals to get rid of ants. Discover the types of ants found in Tampa and surrounding areas, and how Critter Control® of Tampa can protect your home from these pests.

Tampa Ant Types

Argentine Ant

This invasive species is notorious for infesting homes, as it is drawn to moist areas, such house foundations, mulch, and debris. The Argentine ant’s coloring ranges from light to dark brown, and measures between 2.2 and 2.8 mm in length. In addition to their unpleasant appearance, Argentine ants can contaminate your food supplies and spread bacteria throughout your home.

If you believe Argentine ants have invited themselves into your living space, call pest control experts immediately. An Argentine ant colony has multiple queens, which allows its population to grow rapidly.

Carpenter Ant

The carpenter ant is one of the largest ant species in the United States, measuring between 3.4 and 13 mm in length. In English units, the combined length of its head and thorax is half an inch long. While carpenter ants are typically black, some subspecies may have additional red or yellow coloring. The workers have distinctive large mandibles for carrying food and digging tunnels.

Carpenter ants can cause cosmetic and structural damage to your home or business if they’re not taken care of quickly. Do-it-yourself methods may curb the colony’s population, but it’s crucial to seek professional solutions, as queen carpenter ants can live up to 25 years.

Crazy Ant

The crazy ant gets its common name from the frantic way it travels. Originally from Southeast Asia, this invasive species pesters homeowners and displaces native ant species. Crazy ants are dark brown to black in color and range between 2.2 and 3 mm in size. In addition to their unusual movement style, their distinctively long legs make them easy to recognize.

Crazy ants build their colonies both indoors and outdoors, and are attracted to a variety of food supplies in your kitchen, including:

  • Fruits
  • Meats
  • Sweets
  • Grease
  • Liquids

Ghost Ant

The ghost ant’s name comes from its light coloration and small size. Ghost ants are pale yellow with brown heads and thoraxes, and measure between 1.3 and 1.5 mm. When ghost ants are crushed, they release a coconut-like scent. Once they invade your home, these tiny ants will target your sugar, syrup, and cereal.

It can be difficult to remove ghost ants from your home, as the queens create multiple colonies in multiple places. If you think these tiny phantom menaces have invaded your home, act quickly. In addition to feeding on your food supplies, they can potentially spread diseases, such as salmonella.  Critter Control® of Tampa offers effective ant control to keep your kitchen free of ghost ants.

Pharaoh Ant

The Pharaoh ant is one of the most difficult ant species to manage. These pesky invaders have pale yellow bodies with black or red markings on their abdomens, and measure 2 mm in length. Their small size makes them extremely difficult to keep out of home. Pharaoh ants are attracted to sugary food supplies, grease, and dead insects.

A pharaoh ant colony is difficult to find without a professional, as they tend to build their nests in pipes. Additionally, using the wrong insecticide could cause the colony to split and repopulate somewhere else in your home.

Pharaoh ants are also a major concern for hospitals—these tiny pests can contaminate sterile equipment and spread disease. Critter Control® of Tampa offers commercial ant control to keep medical personnel and their patients safe and healthy.

Fire Ant

The fire ant is notorious throughout Florida  for its painful bite. These tiny terrors are hard to miss with their distinctive reddish-brown color, and range from 1.6 to 5 mm in size. Fire ants prefer warm, sunny conditions in the outdoors. While your home may be generally safe from fire ants, they can turn your yard into a minefield of dangerous ant mounds.

Due to their extensive underground colonies, fire ants are difficult to control with do-it-yourself methods. To prevent painful and potentially fatal bites, leave lawn and yard ant control to the Critter Control® of Tampa experts.

Greater Tampa Ant Control Service Areas

Critter Control® of Tampa can help keep ants out of your home or business with our comprehensive ant control solutions. We’re proud to service some of the following communities in greater Tampa:

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No matter what kind of ant you may find in your home, it’s crucial to contact professionals as soon as possible. Critter Control® of Tampa offers a wide variety of ant control and removal services to protect your home,  family, and workplace. While they may be pests, ants are still a crucial part of the environment. That’s why we use eco-friendly and natural pest solutions to rid your home of ants.

Protect your home or business from the variety of ants found in Tampa with pest solutions from our local pest experts. Give us a call, or schedule your free home consultation online today.

FAQs About Ant Control

Can you find red imported fire ants in Florida?

Yes, you can find red imported fire ants in Florida. These ants are a particularly problematic ant to encounter in your home or business. Unlike most other ants, red imported fire ants are armed with a stinger that dispenses painful venom. They are aggressive and a group of ants can swarm and aggressively sting without any prior warning.

Additionally, red imported fire ants can destroy wood and cause much structural damage. These ants can be identified by their reddish body, stinger, and aggressive behavior.

How do I remove an ant scent trail?

It is insufficient to remove an ant scent trail by simply sweeping or mopping. That’s because the chemical scent sinks into the ground, flooring, countertops, and other surfaces and must be more thoroughly cleaned. You can either use a vinegar and water mix or ammonia-based cleaners. Both options are strong enough to clear the trail and prevent ants from following the same trail.

How much does pest control cost for ants?

A pest infestation has to be evaluated first, but generally after the initial treatment, a maintenance program can be set up either monthly or quarterly for ants and all problem pests. Pest control prices for ant control in Florida for residential properties can start at under $100 per month.

Your Critter Control licensed pest control operator will provide a detailed estimate and review it with you prior to starting any work.

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