The Ants That Call Illinois Home
Do you know what the number one nuisance pest in the United States is? Yup. Ants. That's because we have a lot of ants in the U.S. and those ants have some pretty good reasons for coming into our homes. Let's take a look at some of the pest-ant species that call Illinois home and see what we can learn that will help keep them out.
The most common house-invading, nuisance ants in Illinois are:
Pavement Ants (Tetramorium caespitum)
Workers of this species are ⅙ of an inch long, dark brown in color, and have two nodes between their thorax and abdomen. Colonies created by pavement ants typically max out at around 30,000 individuals.
Pharaoh Ants (Monomorium pharaonis)
Workers of this species are 1/12 of an inch long, are yellowish-brown in color, and have two nodes between their thorax and abdomen. Colonies created by pharaoh ants typically max out above 100,000 individuals.
Large Yellow Ants (Acanthomyops interjectus)
Workers of this species are ¼ of an inch long, are a yellowish-brown color, and have a single node between their thorax and abdomen. Colonies created by large yellow ants typically max out at 5,000 individuals.
Odorous House Ants (Tapinoma sessile)
Workers of this species are ⅛ of an inch long, are brown-black in color, and have one node between their thorax and abdomen. Colonies created by odorous house ants typically max out at about 10,000 individuals.
Small Honey Ants (Prenolepis imparis)
Workers of this species are ⅛ of an inch long, are dark brown in color, and have one node between their thorax and abdomen. Colonies created by small honey ants typically max out at 5,000 individuals.
Why These Ants Get In
Inside our homes, ants are often able to find food and water sources. While each of these ant species may have slightly different diets, they all come inside for food. Some ants have a sweet tooth and go straight for the pantry. Some ants prefer protein and will dine on dead bugs in your wall voids. Most ants can find a meal inside a bag of trash, so it is important to keep your trash sealed (both inside and outside of the home).
Ants will also look for sources of water. They can get a drink from the condensation on a pipe or the tiny blotches of water on a shower floor. They are likely to hang out in the areas of a home that are being damaged by moisture.
Another reason ants come into our homes is because we let them. We can have an impact on ant infestations by doing routine inspections of our foundation walls and exterior walls, especially around plumbing, wire conduit, air conditioning units, window and door frames, and garage door seals. Patch any gaps, holes, cracks, or entry points you find to help deter these tiny pests from entering.
If sealing your walls and securing food sources isn't enough to keep ants out, routine treatments are required. It is best to have these treatments done by a professional.
For assistance with ongoing pest control in Streator, Illinois and the surrounding areas, consider the Home Guardian Service from Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators. Our Home Guardian Service comes with:
a detailed inspection performed by a certified pest control technician.
an identification of pest species that can pose a threat to you, your family, your pets, your belongings, and your home.
an assessment of potential medical, legal, and economic harm that can be done by the pests found.
the scheduling and application of routine treatments to control pests on your property utilizing smart, eco-friendly Integrated pest-management methods and strategies.
frequent follow-ups to ensure your home stays pest-free.
This service will protect your home from all the ant pests listed above as well as the many common household pests we deal with here in Illinois such as mice, rats, cockroaches, and even bed bugs (when you invest in Home Guardian Service Plus). You'll also get protection from subterranean termites, the most destructive termites in the United States. And we back this service with our Wood Damage Warranty!
Bugs, rodents, and other wildlife can present serious issues for your family and threaten the equity of your home. While pest control offers protection from nuisance pests, like the ants listed above, it is also essential protection every home should have. For more information or to schedule a FREE inspection, get started right here!