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 Carpenter Ants can cause damage to your home.

Ant Management

Knowing what type of ant species is in your home may be the most important key in determining where the nesting site is, the type of food they eat, and the best method of ant treatment. There are many species of ants found in and around Des Moines Iowa’s homes. Our Downs Pest Control certified technician will find the correct type of species and correct form of treatment.

Types of Ants

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants can grow to be up to 12mm or about 1/2” in length. They are black or dark reddish brown. Carpenter Ants hollow out wood to make their nest. This can cause serious structural damage and costly repair if not taken care of immediately. They eat sweets, meat, and grease. Carpenter ants usually target soft wood. If you are seeing carpenter ants inside of your home it may be sign of a water leak. Carpenter ants are most often accidental invaders.

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Carpenter ants usually accidently find their way into your home because carpenter ants are scavengers and constantly searching for food and water. If ants are found in your home during the cold months this may be a sign that the ants have built their home in your home. Carpenter ants also can be a sign of termites. Often carpenter ants will battle the termites for their tunnels they ate inside of wood. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wood, so carpenter ants do not need the wood as a source of food, only shelter. Wood that has tunnels in it is an easy shelter for the carpenter ants. In this situation Carpenter Ants can search for food instead of digging out tunnels.

Crazy Ants

Crazy Ants are often found inside small crevices inside homes and structures. Crazy ants seem to run about aimlessly. Crazy ants have long legs and antennas and are dark brown. Since crazy ants can forage over long distances and seem to have no path of getting food, finding their nests can be difficult.

Odorous House Ant

The odorous house ant can either be brown or black. Odorous house ants live anywhere outside the house, usually under rocks or beneath boards. They tend to invade the home while it is rainy when their primary food, honeydew, is washed away. They get the name “odorous” from the foul odor it gives off when crushed.

Pavement Ants

Pavement Ants are usually found outside near sidewalks, pavement, adjacent to house foundations, and sometimes inside the walls of homes. Pavement ants are brown to black with paler legs; they grow to be about 4mm or 1/8”.

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants are found inside walls. Pharaoh ants live behind baseboards or any small voids they can find. Pharaoh ants tend to have very large colonies which may split up into multiple colonies and grow some more. Pharaoh ants are a light yellow to red tint and are about 2mm or 1/16”.

How to Keep Ants Out of Your Home

Trying to discourage ants from invading your home can be frustrating. One thing to remember is that many ants are attracted to sweet things. Ants usually enter your home from their outside nest as they search for food to support a growing colony. Steps you can take to keep ants out are:
• Clean all kitchen surfaces
• Vacuum daily
• Rinse all dishes out immediately
• Fill wall cracks with caulk
• Keep windows and screens updated

If you see ants during the winter season, that is a common sign pointing to a nest inside your house.

Our certified Downs Pest Control technician will inspect the area, identify the species, and decide what the best treatment is to eliminate the pests from your home. Often an integrated approach will include mechanical, cultural, and chemical methods. Our ant treatments are effective and inexpensive and guaranteed to work. We have eliminated ants from residents and businesses in and around Des Moines, Iowa. Stop trying different over the counter products and in home methods, we can eliminate the pests from your home once and for all.

Downs Pest Control serves the Des Moines area. Call today for a free estimate over the phone!

Downs Pest Control Central Iowa's Exterminator

Downs Pest Control serves residential and commercial customers in and around the Des Moines area. We serve hotels, restaurants, condos, apartments, duplexes, homes, and most other institutions in the communities surrounding Des Moines; Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Hartford, Indianola, Johnston, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, and other communities. We strive to offer high quality ant services at affordable prices. We offer other general pest control services that are targeted to your pest control needs. We strive to be central Iowa's most trusted ant exterminator and pest control operator.

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