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Ants are located all over the world. They are destructive to food and property and can also bring diseases and health risks into your home. Western Exterminator has ant control treatment options you can rely on to get rid of ants around your property. The Technicians at Western Exterminator are highly trained, and will use the right treatment for your home and recommend ways to prevent their return.
Learn all about ants and their impact on our homes.
Ant control is a very specific process as a control method depends on what type of ant you are dealing with. Western Exterminator offers several treatment options for property owners to get rid of ants. Our ant control treatment options vary and depend on:
Contact your Western Exterminator office if you are seeing signs of ants on your property and schedule a free inspection. Your Technician will figure out which ant species is causing the problem and discuss treatment options and prevention methods with you. Once approved, your Technician will put the control method in motion.
Due to the persistent nature of ants, we recommend that you treat ants as a part of our PestFree365+ plan. With PestFree365+, your Technician will visit seasonally, employing prevention methods and working to break the ant life cycle on the exterior for long-term peace of mind.
At the start of your inspection, your Technician will search for all locations where ants may be entering, traveling to and from, and nesting. A combination of residual material and baits will be used to work to eliminate the ant colonies and prevent new ones from forming. Ant treatment methods will vary based on a few factors such as species type. Here are a few of our removal processes per species.
Your Technician will identify all carpenter ant satellite colonies and nests. The primary methods used to control carpenter ants are nest and barrier treatments. Perimeter treatments may also be used to treat the exterior of your home.
Your Technician will track the odorous house ants by their pheromone trails to find their nest. Treatment will then be applied to both the trails and their nest(s) to control the infestation. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled 7-10 days later to ensure complete removal and that no new trails were established.
Your Technician will apply treatment near the red imported fire ant mounds. The ants will feed on this bait and bring it back to the colony. Then, when the bait gets to the Queen fire ant, the colony will collapse. We recommend having your red imported fire ant treatment done in the early spring. If there has been consistent rainfall, satellite nests will start to appear in nearby areas of the original nests after the rain has stopped which would require multiple treatments to keep areas free of fire ants.
Ant infestations grow quickly and are a lot easier to control before they get too large. Trying to use DIY ant control methods can only make the situation worse as ‘budding’ may occur. ‘Budding’ is when ants split from their original colonies due to a disruption and form new colonies, causing a larger infestation than before.
Also, different ant species cause different types of problems. Fire ants, for example, can swarm and sting if they are disturbed, leading to potential health issues. Carpenter ants destroy wood and can weaken the structures in your home resulting in costly repairs. In addition to this, these species and others can enter into the electrical components of your exterior air conditioning equipment which can cause damage such as shorting out electrical components.
Eliminating the whole ant colony and their nest(s) is the best way to get rid of ants permanently. While DIY options may be tempting, they usually only eliminate the ants you can see. Soliciting the help of a professional pest control provider will ensure full control of the ant infestation.
Ants can enter your home through any tiny crack or crevice, hole in a window screen, or opening under a doorway. To control ants from coming indoors, properly seal all small openings, repair any broken screens, and use weatherstripping or door sweeps to seal under your door.
Tidy up! Store food in airtight containers and clean up all crumbs and dishes after every meal. Also, make sure all potential entry points are sealed tightly.
Depending on the species, you can use liquid baits, granular baits, or non-repellant residual products. Baits are a good method to draw the ants out into the open, especially if you are having trouble finding the nest. You can also use granular bait if you see ants foraging for food, as they will generally pick up the bait and head back to the nest, allowing you to track the ants and find where the nest is located.
DIY ant control is not recommended as there are many different ant species, each having its own control method. A lot of DIY methods only control a small portion of the colony and do not eliminate the whole nest.
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