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What Is The Ant?
You don’t have to be a pest management professional to know that ants are troubling. They just give off that aura and presence. Despite this, there is still a wide range of information being uncovered regarding these critters every day. Information that is not only interesting, to say the least, but information that could potentially help with detection and elimination. Simply put, the more you know, the better off you are going to be. This is especially true when it comes to elimination. Belonging to the Formicidae clan, these critters are no easy task to eliminate. They usually construct colonies underground that contain upwards of 16,000 species or more.
Despite their large number, they can easily be identified with their elbowed antennae and distinctive body structures. When all said and done, it is their cooperation that makes them such a formidable enemy. They’ll work together towards one common goal
Why Is My Home Infested With Ants?
Ant colonies are usually established outside the home with the numbers ranging from a few dozen to tens of thousands of ants. They prefer to live outdoors, which is something a lot of people don’t know about these critters. So, why are there so many in your home? It’s because they are looking for food. Hundreds of them will leave the colony in search of food, only to find it and track it back to the colony. This is one reason for their being in the home. There is another. The other is that they have built a secondary colony.
That’s right! When their first colony reaches its maximum size, the winged invaders will venture off and start separate colonies. These are usually not in the ground but rather in decaying wood. This could be another reason for their presence in the home. These critters can be extremely resolute and will enter the home through gaps, door frames, cracks, crevices, windows, eaves, utility openings, and plumbing.
What Threats Do They Pose?
If you are like most people, you know that some species of ants can bite. These are usually the fire ants or red ants. While they are not so common in your area, it is possible to spot a colony from time to time. The ones you are most likely dealing with are non-biters. This virtually means they pose no physical threat unless they collapsed a wooden structure to the point where it was ready to fall and when you walked in it feel. This is highly unlikely but still a real possibility.
That aside, they can get into your food products and destroy them. Hundreds of thousands of these little critters will invade your food products and tunnel through them. Another thing to note, these guys aren’t known for carrying or transmitting diseases so you do not have to worry about this either.
How Do I Get Rid Of Ants?
Although they are not a real physical threat, it only makes sense to want to get rid of the creatures as soon as possible. Heck, it is only economical, as they can destroy a whole refrigerator or pantry of food. With the cost of the trips to the grocery and produce these days, this is something better avoided. The only problem is, eliminating ants be extremely difficult. This is because they are not only resilient but they are usually located away from the home.
They have multiple entrances and exits leading to and from the home. It takes just missing one of these guys or one opening to spread the ant infestation. Turning to the pros is the only way to go when it comes to ant elimination.
Can I Eliminate Ants On My Own?
Any pest management firm is going to recommend against DIY ant treatments. And, this is because they simply aren’t effective. You will likely have some success with these products, but you will never be able to eradicate an entire colony with DIY products. They just aren’t powerful enough because they don’t contain all the necessary ingredients. These ingredients are illegal to the common public and it requires someone with an EPA license to handle them. So, DIY treatments are not only ineffective, but they can be dangerous as well. As you can see, ant elimination is a task much better left in the hands of the pros.
When Can You Get Here?
We stay pretty busy all year around. This is because we not only treat ants, but we treat a wide variety of other insects as well. Regardless, we are more than willing to give you our time. All you have to do is call and we’ll get someone out to the property within the next 24 to 48 hours. Keep in mind, we always have highly trained and knowledgeable emergency staff on standby if you find yourself in need of immediate assistance. Never hesitate to call!
Are There Safer Alternatives?
Pesticides are one of the best ways to kill ants. The only problem is they are dangerous. Regardless, we take the safety of you and your family extremely seriously. This is why we have now started offering eco-friendly solutions. While these might not be applicable in all situations, we will offer them when and where we can. When they are not applicable, we will only use EPA-trained and certified techs to administer treatments. We’ll make sure we use someone with the proper training and experience to administer these chemicals with the utmost care. All you have to do is give us a call!