Ants are a very common problem in New Jersey households and businesses. The ants you see crawling across the floor are similar to little workers who are in search of food to bring back to their colony. As ants travel, they leave behind a scent for other worker ants to follow. These scavengers search for water as well as greasy and sweet substances to feed upon. They will find sources of food that may not be visible such as crumbs behind or underneath furniture, grease deposits in the kitchen or water condensation on the piping in the walls of the home. However, once they have discovered a source, one foraging ant can bring enough food back to the colony to feed over 100 other ants at a time.
In New Jersey, the Carpenter Ant is the most common pest with Pavement Ants and Pharaoh Ants following closely behind. The Carpenter Ant is sometimes hard for homeowners to identify since their appearance can change depending on their job in the ant colony.
The characteristics of a Carpenter Ant:
- Large in size, ranging between ¼ to ¾ inch in length
- Black with some yellowish or reddish coloration
- Carpenter Ants do not eat wood, but rather excavate galleries in the wood for nests and resting places
- They travel throughout the structure of your home or building, removing pieces of wood that get in their way
- These ants never seem to stop excavating, which can cause serious damage to the wood structure of your home
Do-It-Yourself ant products as well as old-fashioned ant control services usually promise immediate results, but only provide a temporary solution by killing the ants that are visible and not actually eliminating the source of the problem. Ants will avoid a certain area for a period of time if they feel threatened and will return in a few days once your ant pesticide spray is completely gone.
Merlin’s team of experienced ant exterminators has successfully designed a comprehensive ant extermination process that will eliminate any type of ant from your home or business. Our method of ant extermination allows us to target the colony and use the ant’s natural biology to eliminate them once and for all. As part of our complete ant extermination program, our ant exterminators will apply specially formulated ant gel-bait in the cracks and crevices of your home that tricks the ants in believing it is food. The ants then bring the bait back to their colony to distribute to the rest of the ants and before you know it, the colony has been eliminated. By using the least amount of pesticide possible, our method is environmentally thoughtful, yet more effective than ever before.