Ant infestation is the most common pest problem reported. These tiny scavengers will enter your home or business looking for moisture and an accessible food source. Sometimes, rotting or damp wood that has mold damage can also attract ants. These tiny insects also feed on sugar, cheese, meats, vegetables, grease, peanut butter, and dead insects. Ants often enter a home through cracks around windows or doors, but they can find numerous entrances to your home or building. Once inside, the growing ant colony can become a problem quickly as ants mature from juveniles to adults within a matter of days. There are thousands of species of ants, but only 3 are commonly found species in New Mexico. It is necessary to properly identify the ant species that you have before an effective means of extermination can be used to eradicate them.
- Carpenter Ants: are about 5/8" long; make burrows in damp wood, but can also go from there to damage solid wood. They do not eat the wood, but simply remove it for nests.
- Pavement Ants: are about 1/8" long; make their nests in cracks in pavement, and can infest a building.
- Pharaoh Ants: are about 1/16" long; commonly found in hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, apartment buildings, etc., and are capable of transmitting Staphylecoccus and Psuedomonas infections in a hospital setting.
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