Get Rid of Ants in Your Home
Did you know that do-it-yourself ant control can make an ant problem worse?
The types of retail insecticides and methods DIYers use to get rid of ants often scatters them rather than exterminating them, creating more ant nesting sites.
Ants are often a nuisance. Several species of ants can be aggressive and will bite or sting, and some ants are destructive to your property.
Croach™ is skilled in professional ant control to include identification, management, and extermination.
Why Do I have Ants in My Home?
Food is the main reason you may have an infestation. Ants smell food using their antennae.
Ant scouts forage for food leaving a chemical trail (pheromones) for the other ants in the colony to follow.
Because they are so tiny, they find ways into your home through the smallest of openings.
When ant scouts smell and locate a food source, hundreds of more ants come to take part in the feast.
Foodstuff may include:
- crumbs on the floor
- or countertops
- in kitchen cabinets
- dirty dishes in the sink
- small spills that haven’t been cleaned up
- a pet’s food dish
- or even a trash can
If your home provides a steady food source, ants may establish a colony inside walls, under your home’s foundation, or in the ground near access to their daily meals.
How Do I Get Rid of Ants?
The most effective thing you can do is to keep a clean home. Ants are so small that droplets of spilled beverages and tiny food crumbs are a tempting buffet.
Ants can enter your home through the tiniest of cracks, open windows or doors (especially when they are swarming), and outdoor items brought inside such as plants or lawn chairs.
Most general consumer insecticides labeled for ant control are not effective.
First, different species of ants require different treatments. Second, many retail products only kill the ants you see, but not the entire colony.
Third, many pesticides that are effective for ant control must be used by a licensed pest control professional.
If ants are becoming a nuisance or a hazard, contact Croach™ for a free inspection. We’ll identify the species of ants and create a customized treatment plan for ant extermination before the problem becomes too severe.
Types of Destructive Ants
One of the most important reasons to hire professional ant control services is to prevent damage to your property.
Next to termites, carpenter ants are one of the most destructive insects in the northwest.
Although carpenter ants do not eat wood like termites do, they have powerful jaws and make tunnels in the wood structure of your home.
Carpenter ants are so destructive that some lenders require a pest inspection in real estate transactions. Traps and bait are typically not effective ant control methods for carpenter ants.
Moisture ants aren’t necessarily destructive on their own. They like to make nests inside damp or decaying wood. Therefore, moisture ants speed up the decaying process.
They may take up residence near leaks in plumbing systems, an attic or crawl space, or rotting wood in bathrooms or basements. Moisture ants may also nest outdoors near windows or doors that provide easy access indoors to scout for food.
Types of Nuisance Ants
Ants don’t have to be destructive to be an ongoing nuisance and concern. There are nearly 1,000 species of ants in the United States. Their skill in building large colonies and finding food inside your home can become exasperating for homeowners.
These tiny creatures love to invade homes in search of sweets and water. Argentine ants establish supercolonies that may have over a billion ants. This is because Argentine ants have multiple queens – as many as 300 queens for every 1,000 workers.
Named for their large heads, bigheaded ants are not naturally aggressive but may bite if disturbed. They are soil-dwellers, sometimes displacing lawns, landscaping, and gardens or foraging indoors in pantries or cellars. Bigheaded ants also create super-colonies with multiple queens.
These yellowish ants would most likely go unnoticed if it wasn’t for the swarmers (winged ants) who leave the nest to mate and start their own colonies.
While swarming, citronella ants will sometimes enter your home.
Field ants can vary in color, from a yellow to a red and sometimes red and black. They are very common to find outdoors but will go indoors to forage for food. Field ants do not have stingers but will bite if they feel threatened. Some field ants spray formic acid into the wound, which can be very painful.
Ghost ants are tiny with a dark head and thorax and a pale abdomen. They will sometimes build their nests inside your home inside walls, behind baseboards, or even in the soil of potted plants. Ghost ants require a lot of water and are most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms.
Odorous House Ants
Odorous house ants have multiple queens and multiple nesting sites making them hard to get rid of. They often build nests indoors near water and sweets. Also known as sugar ants, they have a serious sweet tooth and are not shy about strolling your kitchen in search of treats day or night. They have a distinct blue cheese or coconut odor when crushed.
Brown to black in color, pavement ants can be found nesting in cracks in pavement such as sidewalks, driveways, or patios. They love to forage inside for all the delicious food you have to offer. If open food packaging, trash cans, crumbs or spills, or pet food is regularly available, pavements ants can become a serious problem.
Thief ants will live anywhere and eat almost anything. They particularly enjoy greasy food like potato chips. They are known to steal food from other colonies, hence the name.
Once they get into your house it is hard to manage them because they are so tiny at only 1/16-inch long. No snacks are safe as thief ants can get into seemingly sealed or contained items.
Types of Aggressive Ants
There are, unfortunately, aggressive ants that have a painful bite/sting. These ants aren’t just annoying, they are scary to have in your home. If there is one, there could be a lot more.
These evil red ants aren’t just a pest that can get inside your home and wreak havoc. Even in your yard, they are scary to deal with.
Fire ants are incredibly aggressive, and they have a painful sting that feels like a burn.
Alleghany Mound Ants
These aggressive ants build large mounds in the soil that serve as nests. They will become combative in defending their nest and will bite to protect it. Alleghany mound ants destroy vegetation within 40-50 feet of their nest to keep it in direct sunlight.
Acrobat ants have a heart-shaped abdomen which is why they are also known as Saint Valentine ants. These ants will nest in insulation or woodwork inside your home or outdoors in soil or tree stumps. They can be aggressive with a foul odor and painful sting.
Although uncommon to find inside your home, harvester ants will build mounds in yards and near homes, requiring professional ant control. The vicious bite of a Harvester ant can leave painful sores or cause allergic reactions. They are often mistaken as fire ants because of their reddish color.
Croach™ Ant Control Services
Your Croach™ licensed technician finds the colony of the ants and eliminates the infestation with multiple treatments. Our plans typically include baiting as well as crack and crevice applications.
We will perform a thorough pest inspection at your property and discuss findings and potential problems. Next, we will present a customized plan for elimination and ongoing management. Then your home’s interior and exterior are treated to begin ant control services.
First Regular Service:
Approximately one month after your initial service, we will return and perform your first regular service; adding a protective barrier to the outside of the property and applying exclusion methods.
This visit breaks egg and reproduction cycles, eliminates persistent pests who have not yet vacated, and creates a roadblock to help prevent future infestations.
Environment-friendly products, like our eco-friendly treatments, will naturally break down after 60 to 70 days. Since your home will always provide an ideal source of food and shelter, many insects will try to return.
If between regularly scheduled services you have pest activity in your home, Croach™ will return and retreat the affected areas free of charge.
For more information or to schedule a free inspection, contact Croach™ today.