Ants are very small, only about 1/16 inch. They range from a light tan to dark brown color. They have a rounded abdomen and are called sugar ants because they are attracted to sweet substances like jelly and fruit.
Ants can enter your home while foraging for food or seeking shelter to protect them from unfavorable weather conditions. Once inside, they set up ant colonies in areas that provide the warmth and humidity they need to survive. Their nests are usually located in wall voids but may be found in other locations such as under paving stones, in soil piles, under rotting logs or even in trees. To control ants, it is necessary to locate and treat their nesting area.
Description: Pincher bug are black and about 1/4 of an inch long. They have a red spot on each wing cover that’s visible when the wing covers are closed. As you can see below, they look kind of like earwigs except for their wings and size.
Life Cycle: The pincher bug is a beetle that lays its eggs in rotting wood where they hatch into larvae. These larvae then go through four stages before maturing into an adult beetle.
Diet: Pincher bugs feed mainly on decaying plant matter and fungi but will eat living plants if there’s nothing else around for them to eat.”
When you’re dealing with an ant infestation, you need to first find the colony. That may be easier said than done, but several methods will work.
Find the trail of ants. This is easiest to do in the morning. Find a trail of ants and follow it back to the nest. Ants leave a pheromone trail that helps guide other ants toward food sources, so once other ants pick up on this scent, they’ll follow it back to the nest.
Locate their entry point. Look for small cracks in your home’s foundation or exterior walls that could be points of entry for the ants. Chances are good that there’s an ant nest nearby (within 20 feet or so). If you see multiple ant trails in your home, especially around the kitchen and bathroom, you need professional ant control from Bugflip Pest Control. We will inspect your entire home for entry points where ants may enter and treat the entire perimeter around the nest with a safe and effective pesticide.