Pest Control for Various Ant Species

Ant Extermination and Control Specialists in Southeast Wisconsin

Ants are relatively harmless but can be a huge nuisance when they infest your bathroom, kitchen or pantry. Ehlers Pest Management’s environmentally-friendly pest control methods are sure to keep ants away from your home. We specialize in treating and exterminating ant species native to southeastern Wisconsin and can help rid your home or commercial building of an ant infestation.

Our pest-free commitment begins with a complete inspection of your structure and property by a Local pest management technician (not a salesman). We identify the type of ants in your home, determine the source, and implement a custom solution using the most advanced insect extermination and removal products available. With Ehlers, there are no gimmicks, just quality pest control service.

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Signs You May Have an Ant Infestation:

  1. Overrun exposed food – Exposed food you may have dropped on the floor can attract pests.
  2. Seeing stray ants around the house – An infestation generally shows itself with individual ants wandering around unconventional places, like the bedroom or bathroom. 
  3. Ant nests outside – Ants usually won’t nest inside your house, but rather outside in close proximity to your house. Ant nests are often just mounds of dirt with ants milling around them.

You don’t have to put up with the nuisance of ants anymore when you use our environmentally-friendly extermination services. At Ehlers, your pest problem is our priority. While other pest companies might lure you in with to good to be true prices, they ultimately do the bare minimum. Our custom solutions eliminate your ant problems with precision without non-sense.

Some types of ant infestations commonly found in Wisconsin include:

Big headed ant extermination in Milwaukee, WI
Big-Headed Ants
Big headed ant extermination in Milwaukee, WI

As their name suggests, big-headed ants are easily identified by their large heads. They are commonly found under logs, large rocks and concrete slabs, but they will occasionally nest in rotted or termite-damaged wood. When indoors, they often nest in the soil of potted plants.

Carpenter ant extermination in Milwaukee, WI
Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ant extermination in Milwaukee, WI

Just like carpenters, carpenter ants love wood—especially the kind in your house. Carpenter ants prefer to form gallery-like nests in damp or decaying wood, commonly found in windows, sinks, doorframes or hollowed wall spaces of homes. Carpenter ants are one of the most common ants in Wisconsin, identifiable by their rounded thorax and elbowed antenna.

Crazy ant extermination in Milwaukee, WI
Crazy Ants
Crazy ant extermination in Milwaukee, WI

Crazy ants get their name from the way they move, lurching right and left for no apparent reason. They’re black, ⅛ inch long with long legs and antennae. You may find them in outdoor lumber, mulch, firewood or inside walls, beneath carpet and in cozy nooks and crannies. They ruin electronic equipment like televisions, stereo receivers, microwave ovens and computers by causing short circuits.

Pavement ant extermination in Milwaukee, WI
Pavement Ants
Pavement ant extermination in Milwaukee, WI

Pavement ants are brown and grow up to 1/8 inch long. They nest in the soil surrounding driveways, patios, sidewalks, hollow block walls and other concrete slabs.

Pharaoh ant extermination in Milwaukee, WI
Pharaoh Ants
Pharaoh ant extermination in Milwaukee, WI

The Pharaoh ant is yellow and grows up to 1/8 inch long. While preferring to nest in damp bathrooms and kitchens, they will nest in any suitable nook, wall, furniture, or curtain rod or under roof shingles.

Thief ant extermination in Milwaukee, WI
Thief Ants
Thief ant extermination in Milwaukee, WI

Thief ants are golden-yellow to dark brown in color and less than 1/16 inches long. In the home, they are detectable by the trails they leave when foraging for food and water. They nest in wall and baseboard crevices, cabinet nooks and under countertops.

For more identification tips, check out our pest identifcation guide.

Carpenter Ant Infestation

Carpenter ant extermination is one of the most common pest control services we provide. Controlling or eliminating carpenter ants is very difficult without the right training and equipment since you have to wipe out the entire nest. Just killing off the ones out scouting for food doesn't address the real problem.

The two common carpenter ant species have dark black bodies with bent antennae, growing up to 5/8” in length. Other minor carpenter ants species can vary between black, reddish, yellowish, and even dark brown. They pose a prevalent problem, especially in aging older homes with rotting wood since they require moist areas to survive.

How to Tell if Your Home is Infested with Carpenter Ants

While their natural nesting sites are tree trunks/limbs or downed trees, carpenter ants usually enter homes, businesses, and buildings during the warmer months of the year, usually nesting in wood porch structures, window frames and door frames. This species usually sends out lone explorers, so it can be difficult to judge the scale of the infestation.

If you see carpenter ants in your home or business during the late winter and early spring, it may be a sign that the nest is located somewhere within the building. If you begin noticing carpenter ants in the later spring and throughout the summer, it’s likely that the nest is outside and they’re simply coming inside for food.

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Carpenter Ant Extermination Services

For best results, you really need to bring in experienced pest control professionals. The Ehlers Pest Management ant control specialists have extensive experience in pet-friendly carpenter ant extermination and removal. We have successfully wiped out carpenter ant infestations in hundreds of homes throughout Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties. And don’t worry about being sold a 12-month program you ultimately don’t need. Our team is paid well and is only focused on eliminating your ant problem once and for all. With automated billing, digitized and detailed reports, world-class software, and real-time reporting, we’re equipped to make the extermination process as smooth and straightforward as possible.

Contact Ehlers Pest Management for more information about our Wisconsin pest control services!


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