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Ant Extermination, Removal, and Control
We know it can be difficult to protect your home from every type of pest that threatens it. Just when it seems you have remembered to have one critter eliminated, there seems to be something else you are having to prevent from infiltrating your space. Unfortunately, this is the way it goes. And one pest you will never truly be able to rid of your property is ants. But you can certainly try.
When you hire Earthwise Pest Management, you can feel confident knowing that we are working as hard as we can to ensure that you receive the very best in ant extermination, removal, and control. Continue reading below to learn more about our services.
Ant Extermination, Removal, and Control
The very first step to eliminating an ant infestation in your home, besides seeing them in plain view, is to figure out what the species of ant you are dealing with is. While many people are not aware, there are multiple types of ants, all of which vary in their appearance and their methods of living. We’re going to give it to your straight: not all ants are created equal. Additionally, not all ants are as harmless as you may believe them to be. How can you identify which ones are currently taking over your home? Let’s discuss the most common type of ants.
Identifying The Different Types Of Ants
While carpenter ants do not like to eat wood, they do live in it. They do this by burrowing in and setting up nests that are extremely elaborate. These pests are known to cause significant damage to wood structures.
You are probably familiar with fire ants if you have spent any amount of time in the outdoors. These small red critters are relatively irritable and are known to create extremely large swarms if their nest becomes disturbed or is destroyed in some manner. This is one of the very few species of ants in North America that can sting you, leaving you with very painful spots.
While Argentine ants are mostly found in South America, they are known to appear in the States from time to time. These ants adore sugar and anything sweet. Once they are able to infiltrate your home they will leave trails throughout it signaling to their hive where they are finding their food.
We don’t have to deal with bulldog ants in California but they sure do in The Outback. These types of ants are most famous for how aggressive they are and the painful stings and bites they can leave on a person. They have been known to cause people to have to go to the hospital. Bulldog ants are even responsible for some deaths.
This type of ant is found in Africa, hence the name. They are known to create nests indoors and to reproduce at an extremely rapid pace. In fact, they are able to procreate so quickly that they can infiltrate and infest an entire office building in just a matter of weeks.
Known for loving to eat any type of protein whether it be meat, blood, or other insects, thief ants are often very difficult to identify inside a home. These critters are extremely small allowing them to hide and find food effectively at the same time.
Why Do Ant Infestations Occur? How Should You Handle One?
Plain and simple, having an ant infestation in your home is quite disgusting. And while there are many different types of ants, they all do share one very common characteristic: they, like us, need food, water, and shelter. Controlling these three things can help you to prevent an ant infestation. Let’s discuss how you can effectively do this.
GET RID OF TRASH A.S.A.P.
Ants are always on the hunt for food, and while the most common place they will find this necessity is in your kitchen, there are other areas in which ants can locate food in your home. Keep in mind what we just talked about earlier, however. Ants love proteins and sugars. For you, this means that you should not leave food anywhere ants could reach. Additionally, you should always make sure that your countertops are clean and that you have swept your floors. Dishes should also be washed as soon as they are done being used, rather than letting them stack up in the sink, and pet food should not be stored in the original bag, especially if it is located on the floor.
ELIMINATE WATER SOURCES
When the temperature starts to rise in the spring and summer, ants will do everything they can to find shelter by coming into your home. It is their home that they will not only be able to hole up at your place but that they will also be able to find food and water within. This is why you will so often see ants beneath sinks on the pipes or on the tile in your kitchen or bathroom. If you have any leaks at all in your home, we would suggest you fix them first and foremost as they are likely acting as literal watering holes for the ants in your house.
DENY ANTS SHELTER
Ants are known to infest a number of different surfaces in homes including doors, windows, walls, and more. If you are wanting to ensure that you don’t have ants lurking in these areas of your home, you should start by removing questionable fixtures and sealing any cracks that may be in walls, windows, or your home’s foundation. This will make the spaces inhospitable for ants.
DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
As we discussed above, carpenter ants may not eat wood in the home but they certainly do a lot of damage to it. While you may not see the effects that carpenter ants have on your home as quickly as you would see deterioration from termites, the damage to your property will become abundantly clear over time, and possibly when your home is too far gone.
Just like nearly all other pests, ants also cause a number of health issues in the homes they infest. Not only can they contaminate food, but they can even go as far as to destroy an entire field of crops and harm livestock. Additionally, ants like fire ants will often set up nests outdoors. When these nests are disturbed, the ants are known to swarm and sting those around them, putting them at risk of health issues.
Should You Contact An Ant Control Professional?
When it comes to having certain infestations in your home, handling it yourself just isn’t an option. Take ants for example. In order to handle an ant infestation, you’re going to need the help of an experienced and professional pest control company. Most often using a professional exterminator is recommended when you have infestations of things like bees, wasps, and hornets. On the other hand, fire ants pose just as much of a threat and should be handled as such.
Another thing to consider when you have an ant infestation in your home is how often you have had other infestations. If you have been trying to prevent pests on your own over the last few years and you are still having issues with pests, whether they be different or the same, continuous infestations are an indication that you should hire a professional pest control team. Not only can the professionals get rid of your current infestation, but they can also help you to prevent future infestations as well.
Ant Extermination and Control Services We Offer
At Earthwise Pest Management, we can offer you a lot more than just information about ants and infestations. Our long list of services is unmatched by our competitors and will leave you feeling secure in your home. These pest control services include, but are not limited to:
- Pest control services that are unparalleled and a desire to leave our customers satisfied after each servicing
- Inspection and treatment by a knowledgeable and trained staff member that will lend to you experiencing fewer pest problems in the future
- Proven strategies that are known to handle ant infestations, control, and exclusions with our guarantee
- The use of safe pest control products that will not harm your family or pets
- Advice from experts who care and know how to deal with your pest issues
Earthwise Pest Management Is The Company You Are Looking For
We are ready to take care of your Sacramento home by removing any pests that you are dealing with. Owner of Earthwise Pest Management, Joe Hawkins, is a second generation pest management professional, making him a trustworthy technician with many years of experience. Additionally, every technician at our pest control company has been extensively trained and tested in the fields of pest control techniques, biology, materials and more. We are here to be your all-around pest management solution. If you are ready to get rid of the ants in your home once and for all, contact our Sacramento office today and get a free quote.