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What Is An Ant?
Most people are familiar with ants. Heck, most people have likely battled an ant problem. Maybe it wasn’t inside their home or building, but it could have been at a park, a neighbor’s house, or work. Whatever the situation, ants are very familiar insects. However, this doesn’t mean that you likely know everything there is to know about the insect. Knowing this information could be the major difference between successful elimination and not. The first thing you need to know is, the ant is an extremely social insect. Where you see one, you will see many. As a matter of fact, you likely won’t just see a single any without seeing others.
They are social, they live in large colonies (usually underground), and work cooperatively towards a common goal. That goal is the success of the colony. There are currently over 14,000 reported and known species of ants. And, most of these species can easily be identified with their elbowed antennae and distinctive body structure that creates a narrow waist. With their tenacity and cooperative nature, the ant can be extremely difficult to eradicate. They can also be extremely productive. All in all, it is important to understand everything you possibly can about the creature for successful and future elimination.
Why Do People Have Ants?
Most people don’t know that ants build their colonies outdoors. The ant prefers the outdoors. One of the reasons people don’t know this is because when they see ants, they usually see a large sum of them indoors. Just think of the hundreds of ants you found in your home. There are thousands more outside in colonies, underground, and this is one of the things that make them so hard to eliminate. This with the ability to work together. All this aside, ants invade homes and buildings because they are in search of food. Food for the colony. There are a variety of ways they can get into a home or building including but not limited to door frames, eaves, window frames, utility accesses, and plumbing pipes.
Is The Any A Dangerous Insect?
You’ve probably heard some instances of people being attacked by ants. Indeed, there is a species of ant known as the fire any that will pinch and bit its suspects, but they usually don’t break the skin. What’s even better is, they don’t transmit diseases. The primary thing with ants is, they are a nuisance. They can get into your food and destroy it, or at least make it undesirable.
How Do I Eliminate Ants?
If you’ve learned anything from the information above, you’ve likely learned that ants are hard to eradicate. This is because there are likely thousands of them outside the home just waiting in a complex network of tunnels. Ants work 24/7 building these tunnels and it provides them multiple accesses and exits into and out of the home. Shutting down just one of the pathways will not ensure successful elimination. What makes matters even more troubling is, a lot of the over-the-counter chemicals are ineffective. This is why it is best to turn to the pros. A pro will know how to attack the whole colony from the outside.
Can I Successfully Eliminate Ants From My Building Or Home?
With just a little bit of time and research, you’ll find that there are tons of DIY treatments available for treating ants. You might even have some success with these treatments, but it is highly unlikely that you’ll be able to utilize these treatments to successfully eliminate an entire infestation. This is because ant colonies are so complex. It takes more than just killing the ants in the property or shutting down one tunnel entrance. You’ll have to attack the whole colony from the outside. And, just remember that a lot of the over-the-counter chemicals aren’t as effective as what the pros use. This is because what the pros use is only available to license and certified pest management techs.
Anyone buying, dealing, or using the chemicals without a license is doing so illegally. These are just a few things that you need to keep in mind when considering how to deal with your pest problem.
How Soon Will Your Techs Get Here?
Ready to take the plunge and get the pros out to your property? You made the right decision and we are more than willing to accommodate. Given our success rate combined with the fact that we also handle other pests, and you can see how we stay busy all the time. However, that doesn’t mean we aren’t willing to adapt to your needs. After making that initial call, we’ll have a trained assessor out to the property within 24 to 48 hours. Another thing to keep in mind is, we do have emergency services available if and when they are needed. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give our offices a call.
Do You Offer Safe Alternatives?
From what you’ve learned so far, you can see that pesticides are the primary means of elimination for ants. While these professional chemicals are safe, they do pose specific risks. Even greater risks when there are children, pets, and elderly involved. This is why we have started offering several eco-friendly pest management solutions. Just a note, these are not always viable solutions, but when they aren’t we make sure to take all the precautions possible. All our techs are EPA certified and trained to handle and utilize these chemicals.