ant pest control

A single ant can lead to an entire ant colony infestation.

Ants are estimated to have evolved some 130 million years ago during the early Cretaceous period which puts them alongside the dinosaurs. The oldest known ant fossil of a now extinct ant species was found in Cliffwood Beach, NJ. Though that fossil only dates back 92 million years, another fossil ant that proved nearly as old has a clear lineage to ants of present day.

Ants are social insects that live in colonies. As a result of their team work, they are one of the most successful groups of insects. For the most part, ants are proficient scavengers entering buildings seeking food, water and nesting areas closer to these sources. Out of the 700 different ant species, only 25 of them infest homes. These are divided into two groups - those that nest in walls and those that nest in the ground. Carpenter, Crazy, Odorous House, Pharo, and the Thief ants are the most common wall- nesting ants. Argentine, Pavement, Little Black, and the Fire ants are the most common ground-nesting ants.


Controlling pesky ants begins with proper identification of the species, nest location and activity pattern. Gathering this information will help formulate the proper procedures so the best control measures can be taken. Different species respond to different treatments so, identification is especially important. Control efforts can require some or all of the following; various baits, barrier treatments, wall void injections, growth regulators, sealing entry points and physically altering attractions in and around the building.

Our Recommendation

Century Pest Control's recommended service strategy is based on the customers' annual occurrence prior to treatments. If there were only one or two occurrences in a year, our Century System is recommended. With three or more occurrences, our Executive Century System is suggested.

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