Ants are the most frequent and persistent pests encountered around homes and buildings. Besides being a nuisance, ants contaminate food, build unsightly mounds on our property, and cause structural damage by hollowing out wood for nesting. Species such as fire ants inflict painful stings, which can be life-threatening to hypersensitive individuals. To most householders, all ants look pretty much alike. In truth, dozens of different species occur around homes and buildings, each having unique characteristics which may influence the method of control. Ants are a social insect that lives in colonies.
Treatment plans should include killing the entire colony. Ants may enter your house or business foraging for food or to seek shelter. Once they find a food source, ants will leave a pheromone trail for other ants to follow. Getting rid of ants can be tough because of their opportunistic nature.
Most species are able to nest indoors and outdoors in a wide variety of places and they can survive on a wide variety of food sources. To effectively get rid of ants you usually need to include proper indoor and outdoor sanitation as well as an actual pesticide treatment which includes a mixture of baiting and spraying.
You must eliminate what attracts ants, including as many food sources and water sources as possible. Finding and sealing any areas that the ants are using to gain entrance into the structure is also important. They enter through the smallest openings or cracks.
That means failure to seal entry points can allow new ant colonies or ant sub colonies to re-infest your home or place of business. When ant control attempts fail, seek help from a licensed commercial pest control operator.
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