Pavement Ants
Pavement ants can contaminate food and prove difficult to eliminate.

ABOUT PAPER WASPS

A paper wasp infestation is a serious matter for Warminster home and business owners. These aggressive insects are capable of stinging victims several times, all while releasing a pheromone that compels other colony members to attack. Typically the only way to eradicate a paper wasp infestation is by locating and removing the nest. This dangerous task should only be attempted by pest control professionals.

APPEARANCE



The average paper wasp is about two centimeters long. Their bodies are typically brown, black or reddish, and they all have yellow bands around the thorax and abdomen. With six long legs, two pairs of wings and several sets of eyes, paper wasps are well adapted to be predators. Their strong mouth parts are suitable for chewing plant matter to make nests while the female's stinger may be used to subdue prey.

DIET



Paper wasp larvae eat a variety of insects like caterpillars and beetle larvae. And while nectar is the main source of sustenance for adults, they will also feed on sweets such as soft drinks, fruit juices, and certain types of fruits and foods such as honeydew.

HABITATS



Queens may spend the winter hiding out in cracks on manmade structures or nestled under tree bark. They emerge in the spring to build a nest, which they will suspend from almost any convenient place. In nature, this is usually a tree limb or a rocky promontory. When paper wasp queens encounter human habitations, they may use eaves, windowsills, gutters and other overhangs as nesting sites.

The paper wasp nest is shaped roughly like an umbrella and is constructed with wood and plant fibers that have been chewed and mixed with saliva. This process is what gives the nest the look of paper. Large nests may contain as many as 200 cells, each of which contains larva. The larger the nest is, the greater the potential threat is to people and pets who may inadvertently get too close to the nesting site. Moreover, a successful nest one year may pave the way for additional nests the following year.

PROBLEMS WITH PAPER WASPS



Female paper wasps are capable of delivering multiple stings. Males are not equipped with a stinger, though they may still react aggressively if they feel that their nest is threatened. Although the sting is painful, it is typically not life threatening and does not require medical treatment unless the victim receives many stings or is allergic.

Localized swelling and pain are the most common reactions to a paper wasp sting. However, for a small percentage of the population, an attack by a paper wasp may prove to be deadly because of an allergic reaction.

Paper wasps make it difficult to enjoy outdoor spaces during the summer. This is because they may be drawn to foods that people are eating or simply because people are coming too close to the nest. The high probability of being stung is why most people seek removal of a paper wasp nest from their property.

BEHAVIOR



Paper wasps are most active during the day. Between sunset and sunrise, they are at their most drowsy and docile. Nonetheless, they will still behave in a territorial manner if they believe that their nest is threatened. Territorial behavior tends to be at its most aggressive in the spring and summer when there are young to protect in the nest. Paper wasp behavior becomes less aggressive in the fall when there are no more young and the focus turns to mating. Males die after mating and females look for a place to overwinter. People may mistakenly think that if they get rid of last year's paper wasp nest that they will not have a problem the next year. The reality is that paper wasps imprint on a previous nest location, which means that they are likely to return.

Because the paper wasp is quite territorial, it can be dangerous to have a nest attached to or situated near human habitations. Professional nest removal is frequently the only viable option for ensuring the safety of people and pets.

HEALTH ISSUES



It is not possible for paper wasps to transmit diseases to people or pets. Nonetheless, they represent a significant threat to people who are allergic to their venom. A mild reaction may involve moderate swelling, pain, warmth, itching and redness. A person with a known allergy will probably want to seek medical advice even if they experience a mild reaction.

Other people may have a severe reaction known as anaphylaxis. Symptoms of a severe reaction may include trouble breathing, wheezing, difficulty swallowing, rapid pulse, dizziness and extreme swelling. These symptoms can be life threatening, and they require immediate medical attention.

SIGNS OF AN INFESTATION



The following signs may indicate a paper was infestation:

Multiple sightings of small, brown- or black-and-yellow insects
Reports of people being stung in a particular part of the property
Seeing a nest that is shaped like an upside down umbrella hanging from a building

PREVENTION TIPS



Home and business owners may prevent paper wasp problems by following these steps:

Seal all cracks and crevices in buildings
Routinely inspect structures for signs of a new nest, particularly in the spring
Treat all exposed wood surfaces to make them less attractive to paper wasps
Remove fallen fruit from beneath trees
Place tight lids on all outdoor garbage cans

WASP CONTROL



Removal of paper wasp nest should be done by a pest control professional in order to avoid the danger of multiple wasp stings which could put one's health at risk.

ABOUT ODOROUS ANTS



The odorous house ant is found throughout the Warminster area and across the U.S. Colonies of these nuisance pests may have many thousands of workers and several queens. Winged members of the colony emerge beginning in May and through the middle of summer. However, worker odorous house ants may be seen at any time of year.

Odorous house ant nests may be found either outdoors or within structures. They may make use of wood that has been damaged by termites. With their ability to consume a wide variety of foods, they can be a menace in kitchens and pantries.

Getting rid of an odorous house ant infestation is no easy task. Typically, it involves destroying the nest, and this process requires comprehensive knowledge of the habits and behavior of the species. With the assistance of a licensed ant control provider, such infestations can be safely and effectively eradicated.

APPEARANCE



Odorous house ants are small, which can make it difficult for people without training to make a definitive identification. Adult workers measure between one-eighth of an inch and 3/16 of an inch. Most members of the species are either brown or black, and their bodies are smooth and hairless. Odorous house ants have a thorax with an uneven shape. However, their most distinguishing characteristic is the odor of rotten coconut that they emit when they are crushed.

HABITATS



Unlike some ant species, odorous house ants are not particularly selective when it comes to choosing a nesting site. They may nest either indoors or out, and their ability to thrive in a wide range of conditions makes it easier for their colonies to grow and survive.

When they nest outdoors, odorous house ants tend to build nests just beneath the level of the ground. The nest may be secreted beneath a fallen tree or a pile of logs. Mulch around plants or a convenient rock also may provide nesting sites.

Odorous house ants are most likely to seek an indoor nesting site during rainy periods. They prefer a location that is warm and moist. Termite-damaged wood may provide an ideal spot, so properties that have had a termite problem in the past are particularly vulnerable. Additionally, odorous house ant nests may be found in wall voids, close to heating and cooling units or beneath floors.

DIET



Because odorous house ants live in such large colonies, the workers must forage for food day and night. Outdoor food sources include mealybugs and aphids, both of which secrete honeydew. This is a sugary substance that forms the main portion of the odorous house ant's diet. The honeydew supply is plentiful through the spring and summer, but as the weather cools, the supply becomes less certain. Odorous house ants are more likely to venture indoors for food at this time.

The species also requires protein in their diet, and dead insects typically fulfill this need. Odorous house ants also are known to consume grease.

Their need for sugar and protein makes many human foods attractive to odorous house ants. They will consume meat, a variety of dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables. Any sweets like pastries or cookies also will be targeted by odorous house ants.


PROBLEMS WITH ODOROUS ANTS



While considered a nuisance pest, seeing odorous house ants is not necessarily a reason to panic. Still, the presence of any pest in the home or office can be a sign of a problem. Moreover, ants that are targeting human foods may contaminate them with all sorts of bacteria and filth. These foods are no longer safe to consume, resulting in an economic loss.

Many people are made uneasy when they see a troop of ants marching across their floors, walls or counters. They have a good reason for concern, as ants may trail filth across these surfaces, requiring regular and frequent cleaning.

Odorous house ants also may be a concern because seeing them may indicate the presence of other pests, such as termites. An inspection by a qualified exterminator will uncover any underlying problems.

BEHAVIOR



Odorous house ants live in large colonies with hundreds of thousands of individuals. Each colony has at least two queens, and colonies that are particularly well established may have several. Each queen may produce thousands of workers for the colony and hundreds of winged reproductive members.

Mature reproductives emerge in a swarm during the late spring or early summer. They mate, and then impregnated females move off to establish new colonies.

Workers compose the largest number of colony members. They are responsible for feeding the colony and maintaining its nest. When people see ants in their kitchen, it usually is the workers, who travel to a food source in a single-file line.

HEALTH ISSUES



Odorous house ants are not known to cause direct harm to human health. Additionally, they do not sting or bite. The most serious threat this species poses is that they do contaminate food that is intended for people and pets. Eating contaminated food may lead to gastrointestinal distress.


SIGNS OF ANT INFESTATION



Signs of an odorous ant issue include:

Large numbers of small, dark ants in the kitchen
A smell of rotten coconut when these ants are crushed
Flying ants swarming around the house in the late spring or early summer

PREVENTION TIPS



To help prevent problems with odorous ants the following precautions should be taken:

Keep foliage trimmed back around building exteriors
Do not allow limbs and branches to touch building exteriors
Place woodpiles and yard debris piles well away from structures
Make certain that gutters and downspouts are clear
Eliminate standing water, especially when close to structures
Fill in or cover gaps around doors and windows
Place screens on each window and door
Cover or seal all cracks and holes in foundations
Do not store food on counters or tables
Store all food in containers with tight lids
Do not allow spills or crumbs to sit on counters or floors

ANT CONTROL



Effective ant control requires a thorough inspection of the building to locate all existing nests, identify the type of ant involved, locate entry points, and determine the best type of treatment.

SafeGuard Pest Control, LLC has been serving Warminster area home and business owners with successful pest control for over 20 years. Our trusted, licensed exterminators can identify the pest and implement immediate treatment so that everyone in the home or office can regain peace of mind.

ABOUT ODOROUS ANTS



The odorous house ant is found throughout the Warminster area and across the U.S. Colonies of these nuisance pests may have many thousands of workers and several queens. Winged members of the colony emerge beginning in May and through the middle of summer. However, worker odorous house ants may be seen at any time of year.

Odorous house ant nests may be found either outdoors or within structures. They may make use of wood that has been damaged by termites. With their ability to consume a wide variety of foods, they can be a menace in kitchens and pantries.

Getting rid of an odorous house ant infestation is no easy task. Typically, it involves destroying the nest, and this process requires comprehensive knowledge of the habits and behavior of the species. With the assistance of a licensed ant control provider, such infestations can be safely and effectively eradicated.

APPEARANCE



Odorous house ants are small, which can make it difficult for people without training to make a definitive identification. Adult workers measure between one-eighth of an inch and 3/16 of an inch. Most members of the species are either brown or black, and their bodies are smooth and hairless. Odorous house ants have a thorax with an uneven shape. However, their most distinguishing characteristic is the odor of rotten coconut that they emit when they are crushed.

HABITATS



Unlike some ant species, odorous house ants are not particularly selective when it comes to choosing a nesting site. They may nest either indoors or out, and their ability to thrive in a wide range of conditions makes it easier for their colonies to grow and survive.

When they nest outdoors, odorous house ants tend to build nests just beneath the level of the ground. The nest may be secreted beneath a fallen tree or a pile of logs. Mulch around plants or a convenient rock also may provide nesting sites.

Odorous house ants are most likely to seek an indoor nesting site during rainy periods. They prefer a location that is warm and moist. Termite-damaged wood may provide an ideal spot, so properties that have had a termite problem in the past are particularly vulnerable. Additionally, odorous house ant nests may be found in wall voids, close to heating and cooling units or beneath floors.

DIET



Because odorous house ants live in such large colonies, the workers must forage for food day and night. Outdoor food sources include mealybugs and aphids, both of which secrete honeydew. This is a sugary substance that forms the main portion of the odorous house ant's diet. The honeydew supply is plentiful through the spring and summer, but as the weather cools, the supply becomes less certain. Odorous house ants are more likely to venture indoors for food at this time.

The species also requires protein in their diet, and dead insects typically fulfill this need. Odorous house ants also are known to consume grease.

Their need for sugar and protein makes many human foods attractive to odorous house ants. They will consume meat, a variety of dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables. Any sweets like pastries or cookies also will be targeted by odorous house ants.


PROBLEMS WITH ODOROUS ANTS



While considered a nuisance pest, seeing odorous house ants is not necessarily a reason to panic. Still, the presence of any pest in the home or office can be a sign of a problem. Moreover, ants that are targeting human foods may contaminate them with all sorts of bacteria and filth. These foods are no longer safe to consume, resulting in an economic loss.

Many people are made uneasy when they see a troop of ants marching across their floors, walls or counters. They have a good reason for concern, as ants may trail filth across these surfaces, requiring regular and frequent cleaning.

Odorous house ants also may be a concern because seeing them may indicate the presence of other pests, such as termites. An inspection by a qualified exterminator will uncover any underlying problems.

BEHAVIOR



Odorous house ants live in large colonies with hundreds of thousands of individuals. Each colony has at least two queens, and colonies that are particularly well established may have several. Each queen may produce thousands of workers for the colony and hundreds of winged reproductive members.

Mature reproductives emerge in a swarm during the late spring or early summer. They mate, and then impregnated females move off to establish new colonies.

Workers compose the largest number of colony members. They are responsible for feeding the colony and maintaining its nest. When people see ants in their kitchen, it usually is the workers, who travel to a food source in a single-file line.

HEALTH ISSUES



Odorous house ants are not known to cause direct harm to human health. Additionally, they do not sting or bite. The most serious threat this species poses is that they do contaminate food that is intended for people and pets. Eating contaminated food may lead to gastrointestinal distress.


SIGNS OF ANT INFESTATION



Signs of an odorous ant issue include:

Large numbers of small, dark ants in the kitchen
A smell of rotten coconut when these ants are crushed
Flying ants swarming around the house in the late spring or early summer

PREVENTION TIPS



To help prevent problems with odorous ants the following precautions should be taken:

Keep foliage trimmed back around building exteriors
Do not allow limbs and branches to touch building exteriors
Place woodpiles and yard debris piles well away from structures
Make certain that gutters and downspouts are clear
Eliminate standing water, especially when close to structures
Fill in or cover gaps around doors and windows
Place screens on each window and door
Cover or seal all cracks and holes in foundations
Do not store food on counters or tables
Store all food in containers with tight lids
Do not allow spills or crumbs to sit on counters or floors

ANT CONTROL



Effective ant control requires a thorough inspection of the building to locate all existing nests, identify the type of ant involved, locate entry points, and determine the best type of treatment.

SafeGuard Pest Control, LLC has been serving Warminster area home and business owners with successful pest control for over 20 years. Our trusted, licensed exterminators can identify the pest and implement immediate treatment so that everyone in the home or office can regain peace of mind.

ABOUT ODOROUS ANTS



The odorous house ant is found throughout the Warminster area and across the U.S. Colonies of these nuisance pests may have many thousands of workers and several queens. Winged members of the colony emerge beginning in May and through the middle of summer. However, worker odorous house ants may be seen at any time of year.

Odorous house ant nests may be found either outdoors or within structures. They may make use of wood that has been damaged by termites. With their ability to consume a wide variety of foods, they can be a menace in kitchens and pantries.

Getting rid of an odorous house ant infestation is no easy task. Typically, it involves destroying the nest, and this process requires comprehensive knowledge of the habits and behavior of the species. With the assistance of a licensed ant control provider, such infestations can be safely and effectively eradicated.

APPEARANCE



Odorous house ants are small, which can make it difficult for people without training to make a definitive identification. Adult workers measure between one-eighth of an inch and 3/16 of an inch. Most members of the species are either brown or black, and their bodies are smooth and hairless. Odorous house ants have a thorax with an uneven shape. However, their most distinguishing characteristic is the odor of rotten coconut that they emit when they are crushed.

HABITATS



Unlike some ant species, odorous house ants are not particularly selective when it comes to choosing a nesting site. They may nest either indoors or out, and their ability to thrive in a wide range of conditions makes it easier for their colonies to grow and survive.

When they nest outdoors, odorous house ants tend to build nests just beneath the level of the ground. The nest may be secreted beneath a fallen tree or a pile of logs. Mulch around plants or a convenient rock also may provide nesting sites.

Odorous house ants are most likely to seek an indoor nesting site during rainy periods. They prefer a location that is warm and moist. Termite-damaged wood may provide an ideal spot, so properties that have had a termite problem in the past are particularly vulnerable. Additionally, odorous house ant nests may be found in wall voids, close to heating and cooling units or beneath floors.

DIET



Because odorous house ants live in such large colonies, the workers must forage for food day and night. Outdoor food sources include mealybugs and aphids, both of which secrete honeydew. This is a sugary substance that forms the main portion of the odorous house ant's diet. The honeydew supply is plentiful through the spring and summer, but as the weather cools, the supply becomes less certain. Odorous house ants are more likely to venture indoors for food at this time.

The species also requires protein in their diet, and dead insects typically fulfill this need. Odorous house ants also are known to consume grease.

Their need for sugar and protein makes many human foods attractive to odorous house ants. They will consume meat, a variety of dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables. Any sweets like pastries or cookies also will be targeted by odorous house ants.


PROBLEMS WITH ODOROUS ANTS



While considered a nuisance pest, seeing odorous house ants is not necessarily a reason to panic. Still, the presence of any pest in the home or office can be a sign of a problem. Moreover, ants that are targeting human foods may contaminate them with all sorts of bacteria and filth. These foods are no longer safe to consume, resulting in an economic loss.

Many people are made uneasy when they see a troop of ants marching across their floors, walls or counters. They have a good reason for concern, as ants may trail filth across these surfaces, requiring regular and frequent cleaning.

Odorous house ants also may be a concern because seeing them may indicate the presence of other pests, such as termites. An inspection by a qualified exterminator will uncover any underlying problems.

BEHAVIOR



Odorous house ants live in large colonies with hundreds of thousands of individuals. Each colony has at least two queens, and colonies that are particularly well established may have several. Each queen may produce thousands of workers for the colony and hundreds of winged reproductive members.

Mature reproductives emerge in a swarm during the late spring or early summer. They mate, and then impregnated females move off to establish new colonies.

Workers compose the largest number of colony members. They are responsible for feeding the colony and maintaining its nest. When people see ants in their kitchen, it usually is the workers, who travel to a food source in a single-file line.

HEALTH ISSUES



Odorous house ants are not known to cause direct harm to human health. Additionally, they do not sting or bite. The most serious threat this species poses is that they do contaminate food that is intended for people and pets. Eating contaminated food may lead to gastrointestinal distress.


SIGNS OF ANT INFESTATION



Signs of an odorous ant issue include:

Large numbers of small, dark ants in the kitchen
A smell of rotten coconut when these ants are crushed
Flying ants swarming around the house in the late spring or early summer

PREVENTION TIPS



To help prevent problems with odorous ants the following precautions should be taken:

Keep foliage trimmed back around building exteriors
Do not allow limbs and branches to touch building exteriors
Place woodpiles and yard debris piles well away from structures
Make certain that gutters and downspouts are clear
Eliminate standing water, especially when close to structures
Fill in or cover gaps around doors and windows
Place screens on each window and door
Cover or seal all cracks and holes in foundations
Do not store food on counters or tables
Store all food in containers with tight lids
Do not allow spills or crumbs to sit on counters or floors

ANT CONTROL



Effective ant control requires a thorough inspection of the building to locate all existing nests, identify the type of ant involved, locate entry points, and determine the best type of treatment.

SafeGuard Pest Control, LLC has been serving Warminster area home and business owners with successful pest control for over 20 years. Our trusted, licensed exterminators can identify the pest and implement immediate treatment so that everyone in the home or office can regain peace of mind.

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