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Ants! They are tiny but mighty creatures, with colonies ranging from a few dozen to super colonies containing more than 300 million. And, because they are found in every continent on Earth, except Antarctica, one thing is for sure—you are not alone in your quest to be free from the #1 nuisance pest in the world! So, what’s the key to defeating ants? Understanding the different species and how they react to pest control treatments.
Ants are a pest problem year-round. With more than 700 species of ants in the nation, you’re likely to encounter a few in your area. Check out the chart below for common ant species you may recognize.
Destroy wooden structures
Do not eat wood
Excavate wood to nest in
Prefer damp wood
Damage structural integrity of buildings
Populations can reach large numbers over time
Satellite nests will form and branch out from the original colony
Swarm to mate and establish new colonies
Winged, flying ants are a sign of an infestation
Build nests outside
Large mounds 3’ to 4’ wide and 2’ to 3’ tall
Nests are common near sidewalks, masonry walls, lawns, gardens, fields
Do not seek food indoors
Feed on insects and honeydew produced by aphids
Will bite if nest is threatened
Nest beside and under sidewalks, foundations and driveways
Small mounds of dirt can be seen where they build their nests
New colonies are established in mid-summer
Attracted to sweet and greasy substances
Will search indoors for food
Seek heated buildings in the winter
Will spread out, forming satellite nests
Known for infesting homes
Two or more queens
More than 100,000 workers
Forage for foods rich in sugar and proteins
Prefer moist areas for nesting
When people discover ants in their home, they either set out bait hoping that the colony will ingest it and perish. Or, they blast them with an ant spray, killing them in their tracks. Both might work temporarily, but inevitably the ants will return. People consistently reach out to Western for assistance because these solutions aren’t working in the long run. Meanwhile, ant colonies begin to divide and grow larger.
Ant colonies can spread and grow in size quickly.
Nests can be located in hard-to-reach or inaccessible areas.
Treatments can cause ants to flee and build satellite nests, making the issue worse.
Different ant species are attracted to different baits, this is why it’s so important to properly identify the species of ant before you apply a treatment.
Select the correct bait based on what type of any you have. Avoid over the counter sprays, they may cause ants to scatter.
Trim shrubs and trees so they do not touch your home. Ants can gain easy access on branches.
Seal any entry points; caulk windows and install door sweeps.
Keep food particles swept up and floors and counters clean and dry.
Store pantry and pet foods in airtight containers.
Ensure areas around your home do not collect moisture.
It’s time to call if you:
Have followed all the preventative ant control tips, but you’re still seeing ants.
Suspect carpenter ants and would like to avoid damage to your home.
Do not like insects invading your home and need pest control help.
If you are noticing ants in or around your home, Western’s year-round pest control program – PestFree365+ – eliminates infestations and provides ongoing prevention for ants and 36 other common pests.
Ants can be extremely difficult to exterminate, requiring several treatments over a period of time. However, with patience and perseverance, and the help of an expert ant control specialist, you can achieve peace of mind knowing you are not alone in the ongoing battle against ants. Our effective ant control treatments are guaranteed to take care of your ant problems and will help prevent them from coming back. Call us today!