March 08, 2022
Six more weeks of winter, that’s what we have to look forward to. At least that’s what Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow decreed last month and since it’s been downright frigid here in the north, he may be right this year (point of fact- he’s not been right very often in the last 100+ years). Either way, we’re in the home stretch and it won’t be long before spring arrives and with it the pests of the season including the subject of this particular blog post- odorous house ants.
Small ants in your Maine home
Unlike carpenter ants, which are the large black ants you see in and around your home, odorous house ants are smaller ants. They are often seen marching fast in a line across the floor and if crushed, a foul odor may be detected.
Where odorous house ants nest
Outside, odorous house ants nest in soil and mulch as well as under rocks, logs, and woodpiles. Interestingly enough, they have the ability to relocate quickly if their nest is disturbed or in response to other environmental conditions.
If odorous house ants nest indoors, you may find them near pipes or a leak that you haven’t gotten around to fixing quite yet. You could also find a nest under the carpet or out of sight in a wall void. Yes, odorous house ants often nest in wall voids that are close to pipes or other moisture sources.
How do you get rid of ants nests in walls?
While Google searches show white vinegar, lemon juice, and cayenne are natural, DIY ways to eliminate ants in your walls (not sure how you get those remedies into your walls – we didn’t read that far), our solution is a bit more straightforward and a lot more effective – call a pest control company at the first sign of an ant problem.
At Pine State Pest Solutions, we are a locally owned Maine pest control company that has been eliminating all types of ants and other house-infesting pests from homes in Portland, Auburn, and throughout our multi-county service area for more than 10 years. If you’re concerned about ants in your walls or elsewhere inside your home or camp, we can help! Our highly trained and fully licensed pest control professionals know exactly what to look for and what treatments to use to not only evict ants that have taken up residence in your walls, but eliminate them. What’s more, our year-round home pest control services ensure ants and other pests don’t have the opportunity to re-infest.
Home Protection Plan
Starting as low as $35/month*
Pine State’s Home Protection is an affordable pest control plan that is ideal for homeowners who want general pest control services that target common house-infesting insects and rodents.
When you sign up for this ongoing service, you’ll receive an initial service visit to treat the existing pest problem and then seasonal service visits spread out over the year to ensure pests stay out. That’s a total of four services annually.
Pests covered under Pine State’s Home Protection plan include carpenter ants, cornfield ants, crazy ants, field ants, little black ants, pavement ants, Asian lady beetles, carpet beetles, cigarette beetles, drugstore beetles, flour beetles, ground beetles, hide beetles, larder beetles, saw-toothed grain beetles, warehouse beetles, boxelder bugs, carpenter bees, centipedes, clover mites, American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, German cockroaches, wood cockroaches, field crickets, house crickets, European earwigs, cat fleas, dog fleas, firebrats, cluster flies, fruit flies, bald-faced hornets, European hornets, deer mice, house mice, millipedes, Angoumois grain moths, drain moths, Indian meal moths, Mediterranean flour moths, mud daubers, Norway rats, paper wasps, pill bugs, rice weevils, silverfish, sow bugs, springtails, cellar spiders, daddy longlegs spiders, house spiders, jumping spiders, sac spiders, wolf spiders, Western conifer seed bugs, and yellow jackets.