Ant and Insect Control
Homeowners know how frustrating it is to get rid of ants in their house. Especially, if they have tried doing it themselves and made it worse. Ants forage and trouble the cleanest of houses. Sanitation is a huge part of avoidance for many pests, including ants. Many of the ants are trapped in our houses during construction or move in when we landscape and offer food, water, and shelter. There are many species of ants in the United States. Luckily, there are only around a dozen that infest our homes and businesses. Identifying the type of ants you are dealing with is step one of successful ant management. The identified ant tips off off a well-trained technician to the behavior and resources required to find and eliminate the colony.
Ants are social insects. Most colonies have two castes made of workers and reproductives. Depending on the species, ants can have one or more queens. Reproductive females normally have wings and lose them after mating. So, queens do not have wings and males have them until they die, while males retain them until they die. A mated female establishes a new colony by flight or budding, splitting off from the original colony. Queens leave the nest with workers to build and care for a new colony. Social behaviors and teamwork have helped ants become one of the toughest pests to control.
Tips to Identify and Control Ants:
Locating nests is the key to controlling ants and when colonies have multiple colonies and sites to discover, it can be challenging even for the trained professional. Inspecting thoroughly and paying attention to detail will allow us to customize the service and do the right thing for the ants. We will search for hiding places under mulch or landscaping rock that offer moisture and protection. Once identified, the removal of food and shelter can play a big role in eliminating the colony. Often, a specialized treatment application using the ant behaviors will be necessary. Ants rely heavily on trophallaxis, feeding each other, baits are useful. Baits are made of foods ants prefer like sugars, proteins, and oils to take back and share to a colony. Certain species are so numerous that baiting becomes less effective and liquid treatments are required. Our actual experience is that over-the-counter products tend to disrupt our more effective measures. Our proven measures for elimination applied to the trails and nests will take time as the product is shared between colony members over a few days for true control.