Ant Control & Removal in Illinois
Have you noticed an increase in insect activity in your home or business? Have you found ants swarming near your kitchen cabinets and sink or discovered small piles of wood shavings? If so, you may be facing an ant infestation. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has the experience, resources, and expertise to remove ants from your home. Based in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, we partner with commercial and residential clients across Northern Illinois to solve their invasive ant problems. Call us today at (847) 870-7175.
Illinois is home to a variety of nuisance ant species, but the most common are carpenter ants, odorous house ants, pavement ants, and pharaoh ants. Typically, these insects range in size from 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch, with the exception of the carpenter ant, which can grow as large as ½ an inch. They are most often black, brown, or red in color, but some, like the very small pharaoh ant, can be yellowish or nearly transparent. Ants usually subsist on a diet of insect honeydew, plant juices, and other insects, though certain species prefer a diet of meat and grease.
Ants are a social insect and live in colonies consisting of female workers, males, and, depending on the species, at least one queen. When larvae hatch, those that have been fertilized by the queen will develop into female workers or future (virgin) queens, and those that are unfertilized will become male. Queen and male ants grow wings, after which they are referred to as alates, and leave the colony to reproduce, establishing new colonies once mating has concluded.
Due to their similarity in size and color, alate ants are often mistaken for termites, so it is important to examine the body characteristics of the insect closely when trying to identify a pest problem. Ants have pinched waists, creating three distinct body segments, as well as bent antennae and a set of double wings that are of unequal length. Termites have straight bodies, straight antennae, and a set of double wings that are of equal length.
Outdoors, the preferred habitat of an ant colony can vary depending on species. Carpenter ants earn their name because they burrow into damaged or decaying wood to create tunnels and galleries in which to nest. Pavement ants build their colonies under stones or in cracks in pavement, digging sand out of the crevices in the asphalt or concrete to regulate temperature and airflow to the nest. However, when ants have made their way indoors, they typically seek out areas such as voids between walls, inside insulation, or beneath floor boards to establish a home. They are also attracted to venues with an ample supply of moisture like hot water pipes and sinks.
Ants enter structures through small gaps and openings around water pipes, cracks in foundation, holes through which wires are threaded, and beneath doors. They swarm food and water sources, causing sanitation issues, and certain species can create architectural damage. Carpenter ants will weaken a structure by tunneling into rotten or water-damaged wood to carve out paths and channels, jeopardizing the stability of the building.
Ant Health Concerns
Ants aren’t typically a cause for health concern since they are neither venomous nor carriers of disease, however their bites or stings can induce a great deal of pain. There have also been recorded instances of pharaoh ant infestations in hospitals leading to ants being found inside the wounds of patients and under bandages.
Contact an Insect Pest Expert
If you are experiencing an ant infestation problem, contact a pest control specialist by calling (847) 870-7175. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. has over 40 years of experience helping the homeowners, businesses, property managers, and municipalities of Northern Illinois solve their nuisance wildlife and pest problems. Our helpful, knowledgeable staff is trained in pest management and will be able to accurately identify the species of ant inhabiting your property as well as assist you in creating a species specific plan to remove the ants from your home, remediate the areas of your property that have suffered ant damage, and prevent future invasion.
Our Service Area
ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. is a pest insect and nuisance wildlife control provider based in Arlington Heights, IL. For more than three decades, we have served the members of Chicagoland’s commercial and residential community by resolving their invasive pest and animal issues. Below is a list of areas in which we have assisted home and business owners. This list is not exhaustive. If you are facing a wildlife or pest situation and are located in Northern Illinois, please contact us today by calling (847) 870-7175.
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