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Below are a few of the most commonly reported ant species requiring professional pest elimination. This list is not exhaustive and Markley's Pest Elimination Inc. encourages you to save a specimen for our technicians to identify to ensure your structure receives the correct treatment.
Carpenter Ant - Carpenter ants live in moist, dead, or decaying wood. Structural infestations of carpenter ants are detected by the presence of a fine sawdust called "frass" dropped beneath areas where they dig through wood, large tubes cut into wood, and visible ants themselves.
To prevent infestations, bushes and trees should be manicured so no branches contact the structure. Leaking roofs, plumbing, clogged gutters and downspouts, and moist crawlspaces should be addressed. No wood-to-ground contact should exist and any rotted or decaying wood in or near the structure should be eliminated. Crevices in the foundation need to be sealed. Firewood should sit away from the building and old stumps should be removed.
Often carpenter ants are confused with termites. Refer to the TERMITES vs. CARPENTER ANTS Identification Page to learn how these insects differ. Carpenter Ant infestations can be difficult to remove and may require several treatments. Contact Markley's Pest Elimination, Inc. to get an estimate or schedule service at (309) 263-0341 or email info@markleyspest.com  

Odorous House Ant - Odorous House Ants are so named because they emit a strong, foul smell when their bodies are crushed. They are very small insects, usually measuring around one-eighth of an inch long. Odorous House Ants are strongly attracted to sweet-smelling foods such as melons, honey, sweetened evaporated milk, syrups, juices, soft drinks, and candy.
Like all ants, odorous house ants leave a trail of pheremones when they forgage so that others in their colony are lead to food and shelter. Indoors these ants are usually found along baseboards, window seams, and gathering near structural cracks. They live in wall voids near plumbing and electrical fixtures.
Despite this ant's distinction as a "house' ant, it prefers to remain outdoors unless its food supply as been disrupted or heavy rains have flooded their subterranean colonies.
Odorous House Ants pictured on pear to denote size.
Pavement Ant - Pavement ants are easily recognized by the two spines on the segment connecting the thorax (middle portion) to the abdomen (rear portion). These ants push up mounds of dirt between paving units to vent the colony during the summer. They are also highly aggressive and attack surrounding colonies, the battles sometimes taking place on open ground.
In addition to sidewalks, pavement ants can be found nesting near building foundations, in wall voids, near plumbing fixtures, and underneath or within insulation in attics.
Because of this ant's aggressive nature, it is less reluctant to enter man-made structures than other species--especially if it finds an accessible food source. Like odorous house ants, pavement ants are attracted to sugars, proteins, and fatty foods. Good sanitation and food storage practices will help keep these bugs at bay.
Pavement Ant shown with penny to denote size.
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