What do Exterminators do for Ants?
Ants can damage plants and vegetation as well as invade homes and buildings, contaminating food with their waste products. The common pharaoh ant is a suspected carrier of dangerous bacteria such as staphylococcus and salmonella, and carpenter ants can cause significant structural damage to homes, resulting in expensive repairs. Red imported fire ants inflict painful stings which can cause severe allergic reactions in hypersensitive persons, while Argentine ants can colonize an entire backyard. So, it is important to know how to get rid of ants in and around your home.
Because ants encountered inside the home are typically foraging for food, it is important to keep dishes clean, remove open foods and place them in well sealed containers, wipe counter tops and sweep or vacuum kitchen floors regularly. Also, it is a good idea to store trash containers away from exterior walls and caulk cracks and crevices around doors and windows. The good news is that preventive measures like these may help. The bad news is that ants, due to highly developed and complex patterns of behavior, are one of the most difficult pests to control. If an infestation is present, ant extermination can be a complex, lengthy and frustrating process for the homeowner, and the wrong type of treatment can often make matters even worse.
Different types of ants require different methods of ant extermination. Ants possess a sense of smell and can detect the presence of certain insecticides. They colonize in remote or hard to reach places like attics, wall spaces and air ducts. They are prolific breeders. A single queen can live as long as thirty years, producing millions of offspring, and there may be multiple queens in a single colony. Ant extermination may involve the use of liquid sprays, granules, dusts, fogs, baits and traps; however, correct identification of the type of ant involved and effective elimination of ant colonies are crucial elements of any successful and long term solution.
When preventive or simple in-home measures fail, it is recommended that you contact a professional ant pest control service. Trained, licensed exterminators know how to get rid of ants. Through accurate identification of the type of ant infestation, they can develop an appropriate and effective response. Professional exterminators know how and where to safely apply the right chemical products for a particular ant species, and they possess the equipment required to both access and permanently eliminate ant colonies.