As their name suggests, big-headed ants are easily identified by their large heads—often larger than their thorax. Although the major workers of this species have large heads, the minor workers are smaller and have normally proportioned heads. Big-headed ants 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.
The good news is this species is quite rare in Wisconsin and does not sting or bite humans. If you suspect you may have an infestation of big-headed ants, our pest control experts will be able to identify the ants in question and devise an effective treatment plan based on the severity of infestation.
Although crazy ants are most common in the Gulf Coast states, our Milwaukee-based pest management company receives a steady flow of desperate customers needing help with crazy ant control in Racine, Milwaukee, Bayside, Shorewood and other towns throughout Southeast Wisconsin. Crazy ants get their name from the way they move, lurching right and left with no apparent reason to their movements, but it could just as well come from the way they drive homeowners crazy.
- Appearance and Characteristics of Crazy Ants: Black, 1/8 inch long, and long legs and antennae.
- Where They Come From: Piles of outdoor materials like lumber, mulch, firewood, or beneath loose tree bark, inside walls, beneath carpeting, in potted plants, and in cozy nook or cranny.
- Problems They Cause: They get into electronic equipment like televisions, stereo receivers, microwave ovens and computers causing short circuits which have ruined laptops and appliances.
Crazy ant control is considerably more challenging than other insect control due to their tendency for nesting indoors and out, in dry and moist habitats, and the sheer volume of their colonies. Regularly scheduled ant control treatment and services are the only solution. With regular pesticide application, Ehlers ant control experts can successfully eliminate crazy ant infestations and prevent the establishment of new crazy ant colonies.
Pavement ant control is one of Ehlers’ most common pest control problems in Wisconsin. 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. Our pest control professionals utilize several methods for pavement ant control including ant bait and spot and perimeter treatments.
Ehlers Pest Management provides pharaoh ant control throughout Racine and Kenosha counties. The Pharaoh ant is yellow and grows up to 1/8 inch long. While preferring to nest in damp bathrooms and kitchens, Pharaoh ants will nest in any suitable nook, wall, furniture, or curtain rod or under roof shingles.When Pharaoh ants are killed by do-it-yourself pest control methods, the colony splits into multiple colonies to ensure their survival. The ant control experts at Ehlers prevent infestations from spreading and eliminate colonies with technologically advanced pest control treatments.
We are experiencing an increased demand for thief ant control throughout southeast Wisconsin. Thief ants are one of the smallest ant species. They are golden-yellow to dark brown in color and less than 1/16 inches long. In the home, thief ants are detectable by the trails they travel in when foraging for food and water. They nest in wall and baseboard crevices, cabinet nooks and under countertops. Outdoors, thief ants are extremely difficult to detect, burrowing beneath the surface of rotted soil and wood. While locating the source is half the battle for successful ant control, Ehlers pest control pros can utilize a variety of methods and products to solve the problem.
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