If you live in Hawaii, you may have noticed that there is no shortage of bugs here on the islands. And one type of insect we are all familiar with is ants. This article focuses on the three most common ants in Hawaii; pavement ants, pharaoh ants, and carpenter ants; the issues they bring with them, and what to do if you have an infestation.
Pavement Ants: These tiny little ants are only around 1/8 of an inch in length, and they usually make their nests inside, you guessed it, pavement. They live in the cracks of pavement, in sidewalks, underneath concrete slabs, and sometimes they get into buildings. They often come in through basement walls. Fortunately, these little ants are only a nuisance.
Pharaoh Ants: This type of ant has been widely considered one of the most difficult types of ants to totally eradicate. And because they have been linked to the spread of salmonella and other harmful diseases, it is crucial that these ants be properly identified. Having 2 nodes, the worker ants of this species are approximately 1.5 millimeters long, which means they are one of the smallest types of ants found inside homes. They have a yellow to orange coloring and their abdomen is capped with a darker brown.
Carpenter Ants: These are the largest types of ants that you are likely to find crawling around inside your home. Carpenter ants can measure up to 13 mm long. As far as ants go, this is huge. So there is no mistaking them for pavement ants, or pharaoh ants, or any other kind of ant. A carpenter ant is black with a single, pointed, node between its thorax and abdomen. And while you may think these little creatures are out to make improvements on your home, you couldn't be further from the truth. Second only to termites, these wood-chewing ants can seriously damage a structure, if allowed to multiply and thrive within the walls and support beams of your home.
Steps to keeping these ants, and all other ants, out of your home:
Seal up your foundation and exterior walls. Carefully search for gaps and cracks and, using a caulking gun or other sealant, fill in all holes you find. Keep in mind that it doesn't take much of a gap for ants to squeeze in.
Eliminate smells. Seal all exterior trash in tightly covered containers. Inside your home, keep garbage covered, and all food stored in the fridge or in tightly sealed containers.
Eliminate food sources. Don't leave food outside, or inside on counters. Only put pet food down at meal times and make sure your home is clean and clear of all food particles, spills and crumbs. It doesn't take much food to draw ants in.
If you don't have the time to do all the work of keeping ants out of your home or ants have already invaded, reach out to Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions today. With year-round pest prevention, we will not only keep those ants away but a whole host of other pests as well.