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Do you have an ant problem? These pests are one of the most common problems plaguing Pittsburgh, PA homeowners and can be difficult to get rid of. As they live in colonies of hundreds or thousands, just because you used the best spray for ants and set ant traps doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve gotten to the root of the problem. The certified Pittsburgh ant pest control technicians at Fox know that any ants you see could be sign of an infestation that you can’t see. Read below to find out if you have an ant infestation in Pittsburgh, and what you can do about it.

If you have large black or brown ants in or around your Pittsburgh, PA-area home, you may have a carpenter ant problem. If that’s the case, our carpenter ant page is a great place to start.

On This Page: Signs of an Ant Infestation, About Ants, Ant Prevention Tips, How To Get Rid of Ants, FAQs

Signs of an Ant Infestation in Pittsburgh, PA

You might already know for sure that you have an ant problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of an ant infestation in Pittsburgh. 

Large Mounds in the Yard

They can be in dirt or sand, or they can be covered in growing, healthy grass.

Ant Trails

Ants will travel long distances for food. Ant trails may disappear after the food source is gone.

Piles of Ants

In grass, sand, or even cracks in brick or cement

About Ants in Pittsburgh, PA

  • Types of ants: Ants come in a large variety. In Pittsburgh, the most common kinds of ants you’ll see around your home are:
    • Sweet ants
    • Ghost ants
    • Odorous house ants 
    • Carpenter ants
  • How ants get into your home: Ants find their way in through any open, unsealed space. This includes cracks in the wood and gaps in the window or old weather stripping. Once inside, they hunt for food and moisture. That’s why you’ll see ants most often in your kitchen and bathroom. 
  • Are ants harmless? While most ants are harmless, carpenter ant infestations can pose a serious threat to your Pittsburgh property, because they tunnel their way through wood, causing damage to window and door frames – or even the structure of your home. Fire ants bite and sting. Other types of ants build huge mounds that can tear up your lawn.
  • Ant behavior is a fascinating, complicated subject. They are social creatures that work together to gather food and care for their young. There are several kinds of ants in each colony. Queens have wings that allow them to fly and start a new colony. Once there they drop their wings and mate, they begin raising their first working ants. They spend the rest of their lives laying eggs to build the colony. Workers are females who are wingless and do not reproduce. Their job is to build the nest, gather food, and take care of the young. Males have wings that allow them to find a queen to mate with. They mate and die, doing very little work in their lives. If a colony lives in your home they can be quite disruptive and should be exterminated quickly.

Helpful Ant Prevention Tips

  • Move wood or low-hanging tree branches away from your house. 
  • Seal cracks to prevent intrusion.
  • Clean baseboards, cabinets, and countertops regularly.

How Do I Get Rid of Ants Near Pittsburgh, PA?

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Think you have a ant problem? Call Fox Pest Control at (724) 384-7071 or email us for a free quote.

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Your technician will conduct a thorough ant inspection of your home/property and provide a customized ant treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.

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You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain ant free.

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FAQs About Pittsburgh, PA Ant Control Near You

How do I get rid of ant infestations? Can I get rid of ants by myself?

The best way to get rid of ants permanently is with professional Pittsburgh pest control and ant extermination because we have all the right tools and knowledge. While you wait for the professionals to come, vacuum frequently for anything ants can use as food, like fallen crumbs, grains of sugar, and hair follicles or skin particles.

Why do ants keep coming back in Pittsburgh?

You must control ants because they can create satellite nests that collect food for the main nest. The queen will remain safe and untouched in a separate nest. If the satellite nest is destroyed, the queen could simply create another one in the same place. Fox Pest Control has the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively provide ant control in Pittsburgh.

What problems do carpenter ants cause? 

Carpenter ants use their massive jaws to carve tunnels in wood. Although they don’t eat the wood as termites do, if you don’t get help with carpenter ant treatment they can cause serious damage to your home if left untreated.

Which ants are the most dangerous?

Ants that sting. Some ants have a painful sting, almost like a wasp. You need to control fire ants, harvester ants, and oak ants - they are among those stinging ants that live in the United States. 

Carpenter ants. You must exterminate carpenter ants because they can carve tunnels and galleries through virtually any kind of wood, causing major structural damage.

Are ants poisonous?

Some ants, like the aggressive imported fire ants (such as the red imported fire ant), deliver a painful sting. This sting has often been compared to a wasp or bee sting and can be a serious problem for those with an allergy to insect stings. 

What is the difference between a regular ant and a carpenter ant?

The main difference is the size. While most ants in Pittsburgh are about ⅛ inch long, carpenter ant workers are closer to ½ inch, about four times bigger. Carpenter ants can vary in color, from solid black, to orange, red and black, yellow, or solid red.

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If a Fox Pest Control customer has an infestation of covered pests in their Pittsburgh, PA home or business between regularly scheduled Home Protection Plan treatments, we will come back and perform targeted treatments to get rid of the pest at no charge. If Fox Pest Control cannot resolve the problem after three such targeted treatments, we will cheerfully refund the customer’s last monthly subscription fee, as long as all other terms of the agreement have been met.

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