We know our pests!
Find out more information here about pests that are common to the Northwest and how we control them
Odorous house ants are likely our most common household pest here in the Northwest. They get their name from the fowl odor produced when they are crushed (which is what we all want to do to them!). Constantly in search of sweet food items, they are frequently referred to as "sugar ants." Our homes provide a perfect environment for these ants as they can typically find food and water sources, as well as warm nesting sites - which make them a year round pest issue. During warmer months they can usually be found marching down trees in heavy trails and forming these "satellite colonies" in our homes. Because of their colonies reaching more than 10,000 and the fact that they have multiple nesting sites with up to 200 queens, it can be a real challenge for a homeowner to eliminate these ants.
Pavement ants are less common, but often found pushing up piles of dirt or sand in driveways or even along the edges of walls in homes with slab foundations. This would indicate there is a nest beneath the concrete, which makes it more difficult to access. Pavement ants have a single colony, but can be very large.
Knowing and understanding the behavior of these ants is the key to successful eradication. We are aware of the fact that they have very heavy and organized trails between satellite colonies, and are very sensitive to smelly chemicals, so we use this to our advantage! After a thorough inspection, we apply a highly effective but completely odorless product along foundations, baseboards, and other key areas where the ants will come in contact with it and carry it back to their nesting sites and eliminating the entire colony.