Ants are a huge pest problem in Connecticut.
Ants are commonly found in lawns, under rocks, boards, and along sidewalks or near water. Their food sources include any sweets, proteins or grease type food. In CT we have large variety of ants. Most common are the Carpenter Ants (big black ones), Pavement Ants (small brownish ones), Citronella Ants (orange in color and smell like citrus when crushed) and the Odorous House Ant (very tiny and smell like crushed coconuts when crushed). Depending on the species of ant will determine the type of treatment required. Some ants can be ridden with a repellent spray. Others need to be bait for and using a spray could actually make the problem way worse. Some ant colonies reproduce by what is called “budding”. When one nest divides into two or three or more. This happens naturally for some species but can also happen if they are disturbed by a homeowner spraying insecticides and threatening their colony. Ants can be very tricky to get rid and a positive identification is always the first step to elimination.