Ants

How Did I Get Ants?

There are many reasons you may have ants, it doesn’t always mean there is a sanitation problem. Some ants prefer human or pet food, some may eat other bugs and others that may feed on fungus.  Leaving dirty dishes in the sink, food residue on countertops, or even having a leaky pipe or roof could be what brought them to your home or office. What starts with a few foragers coming inside can lead to a major problem.

How Serious Are Ants?

One of the biggest problems related to ants in the home is food contamination. Ants can carry bacteria on their bodies, which spreads when they crawl in pantries and across countertops. Only a few species are known to transmit diseases, but finding any type of ant in a pantry or other places inside your home is an unpleasant experience. 

Some species, like carpenter and fire ants, cause additional problems. A carpenter ant infestation may be a sign of water leak or wood rot issue. Fire ant stings that can cause pain and more serious symptoms that could result in an allergic reactions to some people who are hyper-sensitive to ant stings.

 

 

 

 

 

Ant control can be difficult, but here are some things you should know about how ants’ behavior that can help to get them under control:

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Entry:

Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen pantry or storeroom areas.
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Scent trails:

Ants leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.
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Nest locations:

They can nest about anywhere in and around your house; in lawns, walls, stumps, even under foundations.
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Colony size:

Colonies can number from a few 1,000 to 1,000,000+ workers, and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.

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Colony Lifetime

A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years, and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
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Do it yourself effectiveness:

Most do-it-yourself ant control approaches kill only the ants you see. Some truly effective treatments can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning. Also, home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant species require different treatments or desire different foods.

What Methods Are Used To Treat Ants?

The first step in ant control is to properly identify what species of ants you are bothered with.  Products available to treat with include baits and contact insecticides, which can include liquid sprays, gel baits, liquid baits, granular baits and granular contact products.  Knowing the species of ant, how quick control is needed and how long you want control to last will all determine which products will work the best for your situation.  We will develop a treatment plan that is personalized to meet your requirements.

Think you have Ants?

Give us a call to schedule an evaluation and treatment for your residence or business. Then sit back and relax, you’re in good hands.