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Ants are located all over the world and are destructive to food and property. They can also bring diseases and health risks in your home. In some parts of the world ants can even sting and be dangerous.
The first step in eliminating an ant infestation in your home is to identify the species of ant. Not all ants are created equal; therefore understanding their biology and the specific species differences is critical in order to develop the proper control strategy that must be used to get rid of ants from your home. And do-it-yourself ant control methods usually are not effective. The experts at Western Exterminator can help with ant control and recommend the best solution for your ant problem.
Request an appointment today to protect your property from ants. Call a Western Exterminator ant control expert by calling 800-937-8398 or you can set up an appointment using our online form.
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Most of the time ants are just a nuisance, but they can contaminate food. A full infestation can destroy food in your home and can destroy crops and food for animals and that can harm livestock.
Ants like fire ants normally set up their nests outdoors, but if disturbed can swarm and they can sting and post a health risk. Carpenter ants destroy wood and can weaken the structures in your home, which can lead to costly damage repairs.
Western Exterminator knows how to get rid of ants. Our state-licensed exterminators seek out the nests and know how to identify the species of ant . Each species can determine the proper treatment, making it critical to enlist the help of trained ant control professional.
Our Western Exterminator ant removal technicians work with you, discussing the ant problem in your home to successfully track down the source of the infestation. We find the nest to remove that and prevent return visits. Our experts know how to trace the ants back to their access point and seal them up.
There are numerous species of ants scattered across the world. Some of the more common ant species in the U.S. include:
Carpenter ants - these ants do not eat wood, but they like to live in it. They burrow in and set up elaborate nests that can significantly damage wood structures.
Fire ants - these are the small red ants that can create huge swarms when a nest is disturbed or destroyed. Red fire ants are one of the few species in North America that does sting and it can be quite painful.
Argentine ants - found mostly in South America, these ants love to eat sugar and anything sweet. Once they get into your home they will leave trails to attract the rest of the hive and get into food, especially anything sweet.
Bulldog ant - found mostly in Australia. Bulldog ants are famous for their aggressiveness and their very painful bites and stings. They are responsible for numerous trips to the hospital and even some deaths.
Pharaoh ant - an ant found in Africa that really loves to create nests indoors. They reproduce fast and can infest an entire office building in a matter of weeks. They eat nearly any kind of food and will even destroy fabrics like silk and rayon.
Thief ant - these ants love to eat proteins like meat, blood, fats, other insects, etc. Once they end up inside a home they are hard to find because they are extremely small, meaning they can also get into areas that other ants do not and travel far to find food.
Store food in safe and secure containers
Sweep up food and dirt
Remove unused pet food
Seal up access points and holes
Clean up food and liquid spills
Ants have been found on nearly every landmass on the planet. Only Antarctica and some inhospitable islands do not have ants.
Ants have been around for approximately 130 million years and examples have been found encased in amber from that time.
There are about 12,500 identified species of ants and some experts guess that there may be as many as 22,000 species on the planet.
Ants have exoskeletons that make their bodies very strong. This allows them to carry many times their own weight, even when walking upside down.
It’s estimated the total weight all of the ants in the world would equal the weight of all of the humans on the planet!
There are around 15,000 ant species and subspecies world wide, with just over 1,300 known from the United States so far. Ants are found in all States and in all terrestrial habitats. Refer to our common ant species page for details of familiar species in the United States.
Ant colonies can range in size from a dozen or so to many thousands.
Ants vary in length with carpenter ants being among the biggest ants found indoors in the U.S., growing up to 1/2 inch long. Refer to our common ants species guide.
Some ants can give painful stings, while the garden ant have swarming characteristics that can contaminate food. Unlike some other pests, ants can sting multiple times.
At Western Exterminator Company, we will do all that we can to make sure that ants are gone from around your property and that they don't come back! Discover the peace of mind only Western can provide. Schedule an appointment online or via phone at 800-937-8398.
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