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March is “in like a lion and out like a lamb,” but in Pittsburgh, we can add a little more to that. March comes in like a lion and marches out with a long line of ants. Yes, it’s that’s time of year. It’s the time when ants in Pittsburgh start crashing parties, sneaking in the house, and thwarting your gardening efforts.

What Kinds of Ants are in Pittsburgh?

You might think there are only a couple types of ants - red and black - but you are in for a surprise. The types of ants in Pittsburgh are:

Carpenter Ants - What they look like: 1/2 of an inch in length; black to red; antennae.

These ants build their nests in wooden structures. Carpenter ants infest homes, wood piles, sheds, landscaping materials, decks, porches, and more. When an entire colony begins its damage, there is little you can do to stop it. Damage escalates quickly.

Citronella Ants - What they look like: 1/8 of an inch in length; yellow color.

The citronella ant is more of a nuisance than it is dangerous. The citronella ant lives in secluded, cool spaces such as under rocks and slabs and in soil. If a large colony invades your home, their numbers will grow in size and engulf your home with a powerful smell.

Odorous House Ants - What they look like: 1/8 of an inch in length; brown or black; antennae at top of head.

The name alone causes concern. Where can you find these ants? You guessed it - in your home. The odorous house ant likes sweet foods and your home is loaded with it. When one ant finds a food source in your home, the colony will soon follow. As the numbers increase, controlling them becomes extremely difficult. If you think you will just step on them to get rid of these bugs, think again. The odorous house ant leaves a smell when it’s crushed.

Pavement Ants - What they look like: 1/8 of an inch in length; brown or red; antennae.

These ants will eat whatever it is you are serving. You name it: meat, dairy, sweets, nuts, bread. The pavement ant will stop at nothing to get to all of it, too. Fortunately for them, your house has cracks in the foundation, crevices in the pavement, and pipes that lead indoors. Once pavement ants are in, they invade quickly and eat a lot. There is no untreated entry point too small to stop these ants from getting indoors.

That seems like a long enough list to creep you out. Now is the big question: what do you do about them? Witt Pest Control doesn’t want you to wait until it’s too late. If you see one inside or outside your home, the time is now! Witt’s springtime ant control service includes surveillance, inspection, baiting, and exclusion to keep ants out. We also offer regular treatments to make sure ants stay out of your home.

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