Southern Maine Ant Exterminator

Maine Ant Exterminators | South Maine Bed Bugs and Pest ControlAnts found in Maine come in a variety of colors and sizes. While beneficial to the environment, ants can also be a nuisance to residents and properties. The most common (and problematic) ants like to hang out in and around man-made structures like houses, buildings and offices, as well as within lawns, rocks, trees and bushes. With this in mind, understanding the different ant species will help your southern Maine ant exterminator to devise a protection plan.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are the most common Maine ant species and come in two varieties: black and red. Black carpenter ants are the more common of the two in Maine and can become problematic, especially if signs of infestation are ignored. Even though carpenter ants play an important role in the environment, such as returning dead wood to the soil, this also makes man-made structures susceptible to invasions. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat their surrounding wood. Instead, they chew out sawdust-like pieces to create a nest, which can become expensive to repair.

Cornfield Ants

Cornfield ants are usually found outdoors forming small craters in the soil, especially in lawns. These ants nest in soil, under stones, bricks, sidewalks and other concealed sites, as well as in rotting logs and stumps. Even though Cornfield ants rarely nest in homes, they are sometimes found feeding on honeydew from insects that are infesting houseplants, which can then create an indoor nesting problem.

European Red Ants

European red ants, also known as European fire ants, are closely related to the “true” fire ants in the Southern U.S. and Latin America. They are the most invasive and bothersome ant species found in Maine, especially in communities along the coast. European red ants aggressively defend their territory by readily stinging humans, pets and livestock that move slowly or rest on their territory. Once they have established a nest, most property owners find it hard to use their land because of the constant stinging. Even though these ants do not nest indoors or create large soil mounds, it is important to identify and eliminate the nesting area to avoid serious infestation.

When you call Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control, your chosen southern Maine Ant Exterminator, consider your specific ant problem and the potential species. Those posing the biggest threat, including European fire ants and carpenter ants, should be contained immediately by a professional. Contact us at (207) 650-8654 to schedule your consultation.