Nelson's Ant Control Tampa

At Nelson's Pest Control, we have the expertise necessary to address all kinds of ant problems such as Ant Control Treatments. Unlike many other pest control companies in the area, we will take the time to fully investigate the nature of your ant infestation and create a treatment solution that is tailored to your unique circumstances. For example, if you have a severe ant problem, such as a super colony, we can provide monthly ant control services that target critical sites of the infestation, and, if necessary, even provide lawn treatments until the problem is resolved.

Fire Ant Control

Fire Ant Control

Fiercely aggressive, they are a menace to humans, pets and wildlife alike. When threatened, a fire ant will latch onto their victim with vice-like jaws and thrust its stinger into its prey, injecting a dose of venom that causes a painful burning sensation. These medium-sized ants are approximately 1/8?1/4-inch long and are reddish-brown to black in color, not red as the name would imply. These ants are capable of ruining crops and destroying landscapes as they greedily devour leaves, seeds, buds and fruits. Other notable features of fire ant workers include:

  • Three-sectioned body
  • Three pairs of legs
  • Round, copper colored heads with mandibles
  • Abdominal stinger

Ghost Ant Control

Ghost Ant Control services

The ghost ant is a tropical species, found mainly in south and central Florida. In northern states, these ants have been known to survive only in heated buildings and greenhouses. Ghost ants are extremely small and pale in color, which makes them difficult to see. Ghost ants can be distinguished from other ant species by the following characteristics:

  • Extremely small, about 1/16-inch long
  • Hairless, Head and thorax are very dark in color. Abdomen, legs and antennae are a pale milky white
  • Antennae divided into 12 segments that gradually thicken closer to the tip
  • No stinger
  • Ghost ants are related to odorous house ants, and both emit a coconut-like odor when crushed

Carpenter Ant Treatment

Carpenter Ant Treatments

Carpenter ants have earned the right to their name. Skilled carpenters, they spend their days building sturdy, efficient homes in moist, decayed or hollowed-out wood, they are often confused with termites. Termites eat wood, while carpenter ants do not. Carpenter ants excavate the wood in order to build their homes.

Since size and color can differ, and because they are often confused with termites, the best way to identify carpenter ants is to look for these characteristics:

  • Single node between thorax and abdomen
  • Thorax with an evenly rounded upper surface that appears to be arched when viewed from the side
  • A ring of hairs around the tip of the abdomen
  • Workers have large mandibles
  • Carpenter ants differ from termites in that they have dark-colored bodies, narrow waists and elbowed antennae. If wings are present, the hind wings are shorter than the front wings. Also, carpenter ants are more common and seen in the open.

Big Headed Ant Control

Big headed Ant Control

The bigheaded ant (BHA), Pheidole megacephala (Fabricius), is a very successful invasive species that is sometimes considered a danger to native ants and has been nominated as among 100 of the "World's Worst" invaders. The Big Headed Ant does not sting or cause any structural damage, and usually does not bite unless the nest is disturbed, and even then, the bite is not painful.

Workers are dimorphic (major and minor workers). The BHA receives its common name from the large-sized head of the major worker, or "soldier." Minor workers are small (2 mm) reddish brown ants. The majors are much larger (3 to 4 mm), but only constitute about 1% of foragers. The front half of the major's head is sculptured, while the back half is smooth and shiny.

The entire body is covered with sparse, long hairs. Workers have a pair of short propodeal spines (spines on waist) facing almost directly upward. There is usually a dark spot on the underside of the gaster.

Caribbean Crazy Ants

Crazy Ant Treatment Programs

Crazy ants get their name from the fact that they often look frantic and erratic in their movement, like they are lost, instead of following a defined trail. Crazy ants' legs are extremely long and give it a very distinct appearance. It?s estimated that every year, crazy ants cause more than $146 million in electrical damage. In the United States, the crazy ant has widespread population from Florida to South Carolina and west to Texas.

  • The easiest identifier is their rapid and erratic movement
  • Reddish-brown in color. The body is scattered with long, coarse hairs
  • Small, measuring about 1/8-inch in length
  • Males and females have wings; however, males rarely fly and females shed their wings after mating
  • The end of the abdomen has an acidopore, which is a small round terminal orifice for venom and is surrounded by a ring of hairs, No stinger, but crazy ants may bite and curve their bodies to deposit venom from the acidopore

Argentine Ant Control

Argentine Ant Control

Argentine ants are readily adaptable and can nest in a great variety of places. They often live in soil, under wood, logs, debris or mulch. They may also nest in cavities at the base of shrubs and trees. Argentine ant colonies are hard to miss due to their massive size. Individually, however, Argentine ants are only 2-3mm long, wingless, and range in color from light to dark brown. Males and queens are slightly larger and darker. The Argentine ant can be distinguished from other ant species by the following characteristics:

  • Mandibles lined with 5 - 8 large teeth
  • Eyes set below the widest point of the head
  • Body surface is smooth and lacks hair on the dorsum of the head and thorax
  • A single node separates the thorax and the abdomen, No sting, though they can bite
  • Wide ant trails are often seen traveling up trees and buildings in search of food, Emits a musty odor when crushed versus the acidic smell most ants have

3 Helpful Tips for Preventing Ants:

* Keep your plants properly trimmed, understanding the new tender growth of plants attracts aphids. These aphids feed on the new tender growth. Throughout their feeding process the aphids then secrete a substance called honeydew. Honeydew is a desirable food source for all ants.

*Make sure your trees are trimmed and branches are not hanging low and onto the roof of your home. Carpenter ants love using this form of path, mainly when oak trees are present.

*Keeping your home clean can help prevent sightings of ants. Having small children may cause this to be slightly more difficult. As with children, particles of food are dropped on the floor, and substances commonly are spilled from children walking throughout the house with their drinks.

To schedule a service call or to learn more about our ant pest control and ant treatments that we provide for homes and businesses, contact Nelson's Pest Control today.
In Tampa and Hillsborough county call (813) 994-1166 or in St. Pete, Pinellas and Pasco county Call (727) 372-1175

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Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando

(727) 372-1175
7940 Rutillio Ct,
New Port Richey, FL 34653

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(813) 994-1166
1111 N Westshore Blvd
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Tampa, FL 33607

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Reviewer Dan Roney Dan Roney
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We recently moved to our home and I always noticed ants outside the house. I sprayed and they would be gone, but resurface elsewhere. I missed seeing them one time and it was too late. They had made their way up the front of the house and through the eaves and were coming down everywhere in the bathroom. After 2 days of vacuuming ants and...(Read More)

Reviewer Vinney Murdico Vinney Murdico
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David is a great guy. He came out to treat a possible yellowjacket nest in my shrubs and determined it wasn't a nest at all, but sooty mold on the plants attracting the yellowjackets to the plants from elsewhere. He explained what was causing it and how to treat it and didn't charge me for the visit. It's hard to find honest, knowledgeable vendors these days who ...(Read More)