Monthly Archives: March 2014

Ant or Termite…Which Do You Have?

Dear Friend, 

Over the years, the question I’ve been asked more than another other question is…”How can I tell if I have termite or ants”?

Here are some tips to help you determine if you have Ants or Termites:
Take a look at the picture below and answer some questions while looking at your bug:

Ant vs. Termite Comparison

Ant vs. Termite Comparison

1.  Does your specimen have wings? 

If there are 4 wings, 2 sets, what are the wing lengths?

— Termites will have 2 sets of equal length wings that will extend well past the abdomen, or end of the body.
— Ants will also have 2 sets of unequal length wings.  1 set will be shorter than the other and extend just beyond the abdomen.

2.  Does your specimen have 2 or 3 body parts/segments?

—Termites have only 2 body segments…a head with a thick waist.
—Ants, on the other hand, have 3 body segments…a head, thorax and an abdomen with a ‘pinched’ waist.

There are many other factors that determine if you have ants or termites, but these are the easiest to identify with the naked eye.

Whether you have ants or termites, you’ll want to have a thorough, professional inspection of your home to determine how and why they are entering your home and how they can be eliminated.

Call our office @ 813-935-7554 or request your free inspection online at chetspest.com.  We’ll send one of my highly-trained professionals to locate the main source of the nest or colony and apply the latest treatments to eliminate the problem.

Yours for a pest free home……

 

Ants Infest Tampa Home

Over the last few weeks, I’ve written about Subterranean Termites, which have been swarming for the last few weeks, so I decided to switch things up and write about something we get a lot of calls about…..Ghost Ants.

If you’ve ever had Ghost Ants, you know what a challenge it is to get rid of them.  They go away for a few days or weeks, then boom, they’re right back where they were before and perhaps in new locations as well.  Frustrating and pesky little creatures, for sure!

I just visited a house this morning where the homeowner has been battling these ants for over 8 months.  She said she’s tried everything.  Sprays, baits, powders, etc. but they keep coming back.  Sounds like a familiar problem to me.  We’ve been battling this formidable foe for a number of years now and the amount of sightings increase every year…and we don’t think this year will be any different.

Ghost Ants

Ghost Ants

What Do Ghost Ants Look Like?

Ghost Ants are teeny, tiny ants.  Their head and thorax is generally deep dark brown while the abdomen is nearly transparent.  The small size combined with the pale color makes them hard to see.  They move lightning fast and erratically.

 

 

Where Can You Find Ghost Ants and What Do They Eat?

Ghost Ants Lining Up for Evening Meal

Ghost Ants Lining Up for Evening Meal

Ghost Ants are usually found in the kitchen or bathrooms in search of water, but can be found outdoors as well.  Most homeowners don’t mind them outside and quite frankly, they’re so small, I doubt anyone would even notice they were there.  They don’t become too much of  a nuisance until they get inside your home around your sink, on your counters and eventually into your food.

While Ghost Ants will eat most household foods, they prefer sweets like sugar, cakes, cookies, and syrups.

Here are some tips when dealing with these ants:

  • Practice good sanitation.  Clean counters and food prep areas with cleaner to remove any remaining food particles.
  • Store food in air-tight containers.
  • Caulk around windows, doors and sinks to close any gaps where the ant can enter from outside.
  • Trim tree branches, plants and other vegetation away from the structure to eliminate easy access inside.
  • Repair any leaking pipes and faucets.

If you suspect you have a Ghost Ant issue or if you would like a FREE inspection of your home for ants, termites or other bugs, give the office a call @ 813-935-7554 or click here to schedule an appointment with one of my highly-trained professionals.

Yours for a bug-free home…..