Serving Mercer, Ocean, Monmouth, Somerset, & Middlesex County
After this homeowner in Neptune, NJ noticed several ants emerging out of the skylight in her bathroom, she called our office and I was sent out to investigate.
When I arrived, I inspected the bathroom and found a long trail of odorous house ants trailing from the exhaust fan and the skylight. Odorous house ants are small, fast ants that give off a rotten coconut smell when they’re crushed or startled. I decided to do some additional detective work and inspect the roof area above the bathroom. Good thing I did, because I found the main colony of odorous house ants nesting underneath a portion of the skylight that was severely water damaged.
Odorous house ants, as well as all ants, enter homes in search of two things: food and moisture. The moisture-damaged skylight and all the leaf debris on the roof were creating the perfect harborage areas for the ants.
I informed the homeowner what I found and advised her to prevent any future pest issues, she needs to get the skylight repaired ASAP. I was happy to hear that she will call her brother-in-law, who is a roofer, to fix that area. Now to get rid of the ants!
I treated the roof area and inside the bathroom with a non-repellent residual and an ant gel bait. The ants will come in contact with either of these products and transfer them throughout their colony, which will rapidly eliminate them.