June 15th, 2014 10:03 PM by Dan Howard
These are the 1/4" long ants. They send out ants to find food and are
often easily found. If they are staying within a wall, you can often see a
sandy looking debris pile under a hole in a wall. The sand debris will have
some black ant body parts as the nest discards the dead bodied of their
They bore into exposed wood making a perfectly round 1/4" hole. They then
turn 90 degrees in the wood and lay their eggs in successive chambers. They are
most likely in unpainted or wood with worn paint. In the spring you can see
them flying around the nesting area and they look similar to honey bees.
The Next Move if you Suspect an Infestation
The solution to most infestations includes recognizing
insects that are for the most part hidden from view. The next step usually
includes handling pesticides, which are most often poisons that require careful
and informed use. The residual material may also require specialized cleaning
If that is not enough risk, the misuse of the products can
harm people and pets, and possible make a home toxic to live in. You may also
want to understand that if the treatment is not properly done, thousands of
dollars in additional pest damage can be done to your home. Those are some very
good reasons to hire a professional.
The PA Department of Agriculture regulates pest control
professionals. These professionals must also maintain insurance and continuing
education to maintain a license. A link to verify a pest operator's license
will be provided at
www.Envirospect.info/pest link mentioned below.