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Jacksonville Ants

Nestled just outside the city of Atlanta; Jacksonville, Georgia is home to some of the best weather year round. With the amazing weather, people will be found hanging out in their backyards. At times, there can be one problem with this… Jacksonville will have a host of ants.

What Ants Are found In Jacksonville? 

Jacksonville is home to the Carpenter ant, Little Black ants, Fire ants, Caribbean crazy ants, and the Pharaoh ant. Each ant will look, eat, and act very differently.

What Does A Carpenter Ant Look Like & Eat? 

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Carpenter ants will vary in size, but they will usually be about ¼ inch to ½ inch long. Carpenter ants can be a variety of colors ranging from a tan to black. They will also be an orange or red color, and may also have a combination of black and red.  Carpenter ants will eat other bugs and will eat plant’s juices.

 What Does The Carpenter Ant In Jacksonville Do?

The Carpenter ant will be found in wood that has been buried, or in old rotten logs. By the home they can be found in porch stands, telephone poles, and any other place where wood comes in contact with the ground.  Inside the wood, the Carpenter ant will make tunnels for them to travel throughout, and build their colony up. The colony of a Carpenter ant can hold up to about 2000 workers. The 2000 workers will destroy your wood property. The Carpenter ants will need to be exterminated to save your property.

What Does A Little Black Ant Look Like & What Does It Eat?

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The Little Black ant is one of the smallest ants that Jacksonville will have. It will only grow to be about 1/16 of an inch. That is about the thickness of a dime. The Little Black ant gets it names from its size and how dark the body looks; it is a jet black color. The Little Black ant has a very powerful jaw and will chew its food.  They will eat anything a human leaves out.  When at the beach or the park, these ants will try to invade your picnic.

What Does The Little Black Ant Do With Its Time In Jacksonville? 

Like most of the people in Jacksonville, the Little Black ant will be out day and night. They will be working on the colony, which will be found in small craters in the soil. Inside the colony they will house about 2000 workers. When the workers are out of the colony, enjoying the weather, they will be looking for food to eat.  They are very annoying and will need to be looked at by a professional; to estimate how big of a problem you may have.

What Does The Pharaoh Ant Look Like & Eat In Jacksonville? 

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The Little Black ant has a competitor for being the smallest ant; the Pharaoh ant. The Pharaoh ant can grow to be about 1/16 of an inch. Pharaoh ants will be a reddish orange color, and are very hard to see.  The menu for the Pharaoh ant is a variety of foods: honey, sugar, fruit juices, dead bugs, and anything really sweet. They will also eat silk and rubber.

What Will The Pharaoh Ant’s Colony Look Like?

The tiny Pharaoh ant colony will be infested with several hundreds of thousands of worker ants. The colony will be inside walls of the home, in small cracks in the sidewalk, and where the grass and concrete meet. The Pharaoh ant colony will have a mound that sticks up a couple inches, and will be about 6 inches wide. The Pharaoh ant will infest your home and can become a huge problem. If the problem gets that bad, it is best to call a professional to come take a look at your home.

What Does The Caribbean Crazy Ant Look Like & Eat? 

The Caribbean crazy ant is golden brown to a reddish brown color.  It small body is about 1/16 – 1/8 of an inch long. When not drinking rum, the Caribbean crazy ant will be found eating seeds, live and dead bugs, fruits, and honeydew. You will see a lot of the Caribbean crazy ants after rainfalls because they will need to produce their food supplies.

Where Can The Caribbean Crazy Ant Colonies Be Found? 

Inside homes, the colony of the Caribbean crazy ant will be found underneath floors and carpeting. Outside, the Caribbean crazy ant will be found under objects like stepping stones, swing sets, and bird fountains. The colonies are very shallow and normally only have about 2000 worker ants.  The Caribbean crazy ant does don’t pose a health risk, but if they infested your home they will need to be exterminated.

Ant Control In The Atlanta Area

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Dixie Wildlife Control
893 Church Street
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-1300
dixiewildlifecontrol.com 

Critter Patrol
6300 Powers Ferry Road Northwest #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 445-0949
critterpatrol.com

7 Things You Did Not Know About Carpenter Ants

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Although you might not care about much else aside from how to get rid of them as soon as possible, carpenter ants are actually very interesting animals we could all learn more about. So while we will cover some ways to rid your home of these pesky insects, take a moment to read this and better appreciate them as well.

1. Their Name

As you may have guessed (or found out the hard way) carpenter ants get their unique name because of their preference for creating nests out of wood. While these nests suit them perfectly fine, this obviously becomes a problem for those of us trying to live in homes made out of wood.

2. Different Types

There are over 12,000 different types of ants on this planet that we currently know about. So it probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that nine of those are considered different types of carpenter ants.

Of course, they all have different jobs within their colony. So you have a worker carpenter ant that is only about as wide as pencil’s diameter and then you have a queen ant which can be as long across as a quarter.

3. The Colony

Speaking of which, the colony is the central part of every carpenter ant’s life. This is the case with all types of ants of course. Carpenter ants build a colony around their one fertilized queen. She starts it off by finding a cavity amongst wood. From there she begins her nest.

When the first brood hatches, the queen now has a small army of workers. The queen is actually a very good mother, feeding her brood saliva and refusing to leave the nest or even feed herself.

Once they’re ready, however, the workers set off into the world with one mission and one mission only: gather food. In an impressive display of cooperation, ants will bring the food they find back to the nest to feed the queen and prepare for the next generation of worker ants. This cycle will continue as the queen continues to produce more worker ants. In fact, it’s not uncommon for a colony of carpenter ants to reach 2,000 or more!

4. Diet

Despite what many people think, carpenter ants don’t actually eat the wood they harvest. Instead, they leave tiny chunks of it outside the entrance of their colony. These form into small piles.

Carpenter ants actually eat a diverse diet of things that are alive and dead. This includes other insects and scraps of food it find like meat and fats. The ants also have a sweet tooth, so any sugary substance is sure to attract them. The nectar of plants and honeydew are well documented favorites.

5. Habitat

As we covered, carpenter ants love to make their homes out of wood (just like you!). But they have a preference. Not any wood will do. Instead, their preference is the damp variety. For this reason, carpenter ants are particularly fond of tree stumps, plants you may have growing around you home and firewood.

Unfortunately, this is often how they find their way into your home. If carpenter ants find wet or damaged wood on the outside of your home, they’ll be sure to take that as a welcome sign.

Worse still, carpenter ants are quite adaptive. Was that wet wood on the side of your house a fluke? Doesn’t matter. They’ll happily adapt to drier climates in order to make use of your house.

6. Impact

Fortunately, carpenter ants aren’t the type of pests that carry disease with them. But, of course, that doesn’t mean they don’t do a lot of damage. When they burrow through the wood in your home, they leave smooth tubular paths. These tunnels can easily weaken your home’s infrastructure. In some cases, they can even weaken the foundation. In either scenario, the remedy is expensive.

7. Prevention

Alright, here’s the part you’ve been waiting for. This is how you can prevent getting carpenter ants in the first place and get rid of them if you end up having them in your home.

  • Always get rid of standing water.
  • Keep all vegetation away from the home.
  • Check the bottom perimeter of your home for cracks they could enter.
  • Keep firewood and building materials far away from your house.

Once carpenter ants are in your home, your best bet will be traps or calling an exterminator asap.

Pete Kontakos is a husband and father that enjoys writing about various topics like animals, sports and health. He is certified as a wrestling coach and has Management experience in the food and retail industries.

Infographic: Results of the Pest Test Puzzle

One of the most explosive pest control social media pieces this last summer happened to be a word search puzzle. You’ve most likely seen it shared on Facebook. Essentially, the word search puzzle had 12 different pests hidden inside; and a few words that were not pests. Participants on Facebook were asked to comment on the word search puzzle, with the first pest that they found… And boy did they ever! To date, there have been almost 13,000 comments on the puzzle.

Now, I’m getting ahead of myself. First you need to see the word search pest test puzzle for yourself:

The Word Search Pest Test Puzzle

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Now that you’ve seen the word search puzzle, was the first pest that you found? Are you interested in comparing your find to everyone else who commented their find on Facebook? Check out the following infographic, as it breaks down all of the comments and lets us know exactly what pest people were finding.

Infographic: Results of the Pest Test Puzzle 

Pest Word Search Infographic