Have you noticed large, black ants marching across you kitchen floors?  Spotted a couple of small ants on your countertops? It’s also possible that you’ve caught a glimpse of flying ants when outside and thought to yourself, “seems awfully chilly for bugs to be out”.  Well, you are right, kind of.  Although the calendar says spring, early in the season the days are still a little bit too cool for an entire ant colony to be active.  But warm spring days occasionally bring a few carpenter ants (Learn more about carpenter ant prevention) and pavement ants, temporarily out of hibernation. In Bettendorf, Moline and elsewhere in the Quad Cities and throughout the Upper Midwest, both carpenter ants and pavement ants are commonly found in households. Carpenter ants are those large black guys that are capable of causing extensive structural damage to our homes as they tunnel their way through wood surfaces to make their nests. Pavement ants are much smaller, brown to black in color and contaminate our food sources with their droppings.  Although one is more of a threat to your home, both species are a nuisance and both are foragers who will scour your kitchen and home for a tasty treat upon waking from their long nap. Although extremely annoying there’s no need to panic yet.  These early sightings are simply hot spots of activity, not a sign of a major ant infestation.  The real problems start later in the season as temperatures start to heat up.  At Plunkett’s Pest Control we are ready to help you resolve your ant problem whether it is eliminating the few ants now or later on in the season when the ant population explodes and  our local pest control technicians can track ant trails right to the nest, eliminating the entire colony. Don’t let the sight of a few ants ruin your spring!  Whether you live within the Quad Cities, Minneapolis or elsewhere throughout the Upper Midwest, Plunkett’s Pest Control is the ideal solution.  Give us a call or click here to learn more about how we can help!

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