House ants’ bodies are normally brown or black and are approximately 1/16 – 1/8 inch in length. Their antennae have 12 segments and are without a club (the thicker, base segment of the antenna).
Outdoors, these ants usually live under rocks, in cracks in the pavement, or larger ant nests. Indoors, they may invade walls and insulation, as they prefer to be near a heat source. Most colonies house several queens and between 100 to 10,000 workers. They are not known to be aggressive, but the workers can bite and sting.
House ants are not finicky – they will eat almost anything. They normally eat insects, honeydew, and almost any household food.
The queen lays one egg a day. The general time frame from egg to adult is 34 to 38 days, with the exception of winter, when it may take 6 to 7 months.
Why They Are a Pest
Often ants are considered more of a nuisance pest. They do not appear to cause too much harm and are usually considered extremely annoying and perhaps even embarrassing to find in your home. However, while foraging for food and water, it is possible for ants to contaminate food, potentially posing a risk to the health and well-being of you and your family.
The Modern Solution
Modern’s HomeCare Green program is a wise investment to ensure your home is protected against 60 pests year round- including ants! By customizing treatment to the season and biology of the target pests, we take a proactive approach to getting rid of pests in your home before they become an issue.