Ants are one of the most common invaders of homes and businesses. On top of that, they are one of the hardest pests to get rid of without professional ant extermination. Most over-the-counter products don’t eliminate them permanently because there are typically hundreds (or thousands) of ants nesting nearby.
Typically, ants invade homes because they are attracted to food and water in the kitchen. This happens when there are uncleaned spills or food leftovers that were improperly sealed. However, problems that require ant extermination are usually deeper than this. If ants keep coming back after you get rid of them, they have a nest nearby. Even spotting just one ant can raise a red flag that there are hundreds, if not thousands, nesting nearby.
Ants are social insects who communicate with each other using pheromones and touch. They primarily use their antennae to pick up pheromone cues left by other ants. Whenever you see ants walking in a line, they are following the scent trail left by another ant. It’s rare for ants to break off this trail aside from scout ants that hunt for more food sources. Ant extermination professionals often follow this trail to find nests.
While most species of ants are harmless, there are a few that can sting humans or destroy your home. A few examples include carpenter ants, fire ants, and odorous house ants. If these are infesting your home, you’ll want to seek out ant extermination as soon as possible before it becomes out of hand. On top of that, the presence of ants can attract even more pests that prey on ants (such as various types of spiders, or even bats). They can also contaminate food sources in your home if they have access.
The easiest way to identify an ant infestation is to see them trailing around your home. However, you could notice them nesting in your backyard as well. Mounds of dirt, clay, or sand around your home can signal a large ant nest. Some species have their own unique identifiers. For example, carpenter ants could leave piles of wood shavings around your home because they hollow out wood to nest inside. You might also hear light rusting inside the walls of your home if you have a carpenter ant issue.
Which type of ants are you seeing?
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Fire ants are small in size, only about 1/8 to 1/4-inch long. They have six legs, are oval shape, have reddish-brown coloring and antennae. If you look closely, you'll notice that fire ants have mandibles for biting as well as a stinger.
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Aptive Environmental controls pavement ants using convenient, effective methods. Our professionals start by inspecting your home or business inside and out. Then, we develop a treatment plan that’s customized for your property to guarantee success. The Four Seasons Protection Plan ensures that you’ll be free of pavement ants and other pests all year long.
Aptive Environmental controls pharaoh ants in your home to remove infestations and protect your property for the future. First, an Aptive pest specialist will thoroughly inspect your property to identify vulnerable areas. Then, we’ll design a customized plan to control any ant infestations and secure your home. Our Four Seasons Protection Plan guarantees that you’ll be free of pharaoh ants and other pests all year long.
Aptive Environmental controls thief ants in and around your home or business using the most effective methods. Our certified pest experts conduct a thorough investigation of your property and customize a solution specifically for you. The Four Seasons Protection Plan guarantees that you’ll be secure from ants and other pests throughout the year. By choosing Aptive, you’ll receive the best customer service and convenient, effective treatments to control and remove thief ant infestations.
There are hundreds of ant species that could be invading your home. Since most are small and look very similar, it can be difficult to identify what type of ant you’re dealing with. Identification is important when determining the ant control method – some species don’t respond well to certain treatments. This is another reason professional ant extermination is effective. Some homeowners will waste their time (and money) on treatments that don’t work on the species they’re dealing with. In addition, some species can sting, bite, or cause damage to your home. A professional will be able to accurately identify the ant species as well as the best method to get rid of them.
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