There are over 10,000 species of ants in the world, with about 700 species in United States. Only about 
25 species commonly infest homes our region. For control Raven has simplified this complex batch of species together in groups that have similar behavior and can be controlled with minor variations in the 
same way.

Here are list of the most common ant species the infest homes in the Mid-Atlantic region:
Carpenter Ants
Soil Ants, Pavement Ants, Odorous House Ant
Pharaoh Ant
Argentine Ant

The first group is carpenter ants. This species are the most worrisome of all. Carpenter ants are a wood 
destroying species that forage over large areas, sometimes alone and navigate by using the sun and other 
obstacles. These species of ant nest in the ground, hollow trees, or cavities, wall voids of a structure. 
Unlike termites, carpenter excavate wood.

The second group of soil ants, pavement ants, odorous house ant are wood destroying. These species 
regularly invade living quarters mostly along distinct scent trails, in search of food, water shelter. They live 
in clearly defined, shallow ground nests or in cracks, and cavities in the structure of the house and require 
service per these behaviors.

The third group of ants we classify contain odd species like the pharaoh ant, Argentine ant. These species 
aren’t very common and require special attention and a specific type of treatment different from the more 
common species of ants.

Signs of a Soil or Pavement Ant Infestation

Ants trailing in property in a train like fashion
Noticing one or two ants here or there for a week or more

Signs of a Carpenter Ant Infestation

Big black ants
Frass or saw dust like material found in a pile
Dime sized or smaller holes noted in trees, beams, or joist
Sounds of rustling in wall voids

Why Control of Ants is Required

Ants have replaced roaches as the #1 pest in the United States. Peoples main objective to ants are that 
they invade living quarters looking for food and water, and thus get into food for pets, children and adults. 
Ants are seen crawling around in the kitchen sink, shower stalls, bathrooms in search of water. Small 
particles of food crumbs left on kitchen counter tops, floors, pet bowls, even dead insects provide enough food to thrive.


The treatment of ants is largely dependent upon the species of ants found during our inspection. Ideally, 
you’ll want to locate the nest and eliminate it. Sometimes achieving that can be difficult. At Raven we can 
design a program to help solve ant problem at your home, or business.

Get in touch with Raven Termite and Pest Control to have a state licensed technician provide you with a free pest inspection of your 
home or business.

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