I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.
Roger's ants, also called tramp ants, are an invasive species of ant that can lead to unique problems for you. Here are four things you need to know about Roger's ants.
How are Roger's ants identified?
Roger's ants range in size from 2.5 to 3.2 millimeters (0.1 to 0.13 inches). Their color varies; they can be anywhere between reddish yellow and dark brown. If you look closely, you'll see that they have a broad club at the ends of their antennae.
Where are Roger's ants found?
Roger's ants are native to either Africa or Central Asia (entomologists aren't sure), but they've made their way to many areas around the world. In warm climates, like the southern United States, they can survive outdoors. These ants often hide underneath leaf litter and can be found inside your garden. However, being able to survive outdoors doesn't mean that they don't come into your house. In cold climates, like the northern United States and Canada, they need to live indoors to survive and can be found in greenhouses and homes.
What problems do Roger's ants cause?
While all ants are nuisances when they come into your home, Roger's ants have a unique habit that makes them even less welcome than the others. These ants fly around indoors, and when they land on your skin, they sting. According to AntWeb, the ants fly in large numbers, so brace yourself for lots of stings.
Roger's ants have also been shown to force out native species of ants. They are able to do this because they nest in enormous numbers and eat smaller ants. This is a concern because the native ants that they're replacing don't fly around indoors and sting people.
How are Roger's ants controlled?
Unlike other ants that you may encounter inside your house, Roger's ants aren't interested in the sweets in your kitchen. They feed on live prey, like smaller insects, and therefore they won't be tempted by the sweetened ant baits that work for other ants. To get rid of Roger's ants, you'll need to use a residual insecticide spray. Residual insecticides will keep working for as long as several weeks, and when ants crawl across the residue, they'll be killed. Spray this insecticide throughout your home according to the package directions.
If flying ants are stinging you inside your home, you may have an infestation of Roger's ants and should take action right away to get rid of them. Contact a service like Godfather's Exterminating Inc to learn more.