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Ants

ANT CONTROL

As a leading pest control company 1-800-PEST-CONTROL offers dependable, flexible, and effective residential and commercial ant control and ant extermination services.  We are the ant extermination experts. Clients can choose from a wide range of preventive and responsive pest management services and solutions, all delivered by trained and dedicated ant control professionals.

Ants are the most common pest problem facing homeowners. Do-it-yourself ant control treatments can often make the problem worse and rarely address the source of the problem which is the nest.  Our ant control treatments are based on proper identification of the ants infesting your home.  Request a Free ant control Inspection today! 1-800-PEST-CONTROL can get rid your ant problem quickly and affordably.

While there are many different types of ants that can find their way into our homes, including pavement ants, carpenter ants, odorous house ants, crazy ants, fire ants, and pharaoh ants, just to name a few, for the most part the strategies for dealing with them are all the same.

Types of Common Ants

Argentine Ants

Argentine ant colonies can grow to an enormous size. The ant gives off a musty odor when crushed. Worker argentine ants are about one sixteenth of an inch long. Queen argentine ants are one eighth of an inch to one quarter of an inch long.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their burrowing results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. Carpenter ants range in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen.

Odorous House Ants

This ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. They can also infest structures like houses and garages.

Red Imported Fire Ants

Red imported fire ants nest in soil and build mound nests. They are known to also infest detached garages.

Crazy Ants

The crazy ant often forages long distances away from their nests, so the nests are often difficult to control. Its name arises from its characteristic erratic and rapid movement, and habit of not following trails as often as other ants.

Pharaoh Ants

The pharaoh ant is a small and is a yellow or light brown, almost transparent notorious for being a major indoor nuisance pest, especially in hospitals.

Carpenter Ant Control for Homes

Carpenter Ants cause millions of dollars of damage annually to homes and buildings.

1-800-PEST-CONTROL’s ant control service will eliminate infestations in your home and help prevent new infestations. Once we have located the area where the ants enter your home, we can use several methods of carpenter ant extermination. However certain conditions can make a home more vulnerable to carpenter ant infestation. For more information on our carpenter ant control program call                          1-800-PEST-CONTROL today. Carpenter ants do not eat wood as termites do; Carpenter ants chip out wood in order to make a nest inside of walls, beams, sills and joists in a house. They expel a frass like sawdust from their nests.

Our Carpenter Ant extermination treatment will also include service for the following:

Carpenter Ants, Mice, Crickets, Spiders, Pharaoh Ants, Cockroaches, Silverfish, Sow bugs, Pavement Ants, Water bugs, Earwigs, Pill bugs, Odorous House Ants, Centipedes, Millipedes, Asian lady beetles, Carpenter Bees, Hornets, Yellow jackets and Paper Wasps (Bees & Wasps up to 20 feet off the ground)

Carpenter Ant Nests

The most important aspect of carpenter ant extermination and ant control is tracking down the main nest as well as the satellite nests that connect to it. The main nests are usually located in rotting stumps or trees and are easily found in the middle of the night when the ants are most active. If the ants have formed a nest in your home, it will likely only be a satellite nest. Carpenter ants set up satellite colonies in the walls, sub floors and void spaces in our homes. Structures with carpenter ants can have as many as 10 to 12 satellite colonies.

Carpenter Life Cycle

They lay eggs in the walls twice a year, in the winter and the summer. The eggs can take 2-10 months to mature. The ant goes through 4 stages of growth; egg, larvae, pupae and adult. Thus their development is taking place all throughout the year. The crawling ants you see are out foraging for food to bring back to their young.

* A recent survey in the State of Connecticut found that there were on average of 10-12 carpenter ant satellite colonies in structures with carpenter ants problems.

Click on www.ct.gov for more details.

The satellite nests are often located in wall voids or eaves or in attics and crawl spaces. This is why you need the experts at 1-800-PEST CONTROL to professionally handle your ant control problem.

Carpenter Ant Extermination and Wood

Another important aspect of carpenter ant extermination involves controlling any wood that may be attractive to these pests. This means cutting away any tree limbs that hang over your roof because the ants can use them to drop down. You should also make sure there are no piles of wood near your home because they often use these piles to form nests. If you have to keep a stack of firewood near your home make sure it does not come into direct contact with the soil.

Ant Control Outside

Some ant control issues aren’t solved indoors. There are ants that nest outdoors and travel in to find food and water. And there are ants, such as fire ants, that generally stay outdoors, but present a nuisance or danger for homeowners. In the case of these types of ants, find the nest or anthill. There are ants that nest outdoors and travel in to find food and water. And there are ants, such as fire ants, that generally stay outdoors, but can present a nuisance or danger for homeowners.

Ant Control Inside

Get them where they live, far and away the biggest mistake homeowners make when facing ant infestation is to kill the ants they can see as quickly as possible and hope they’ve solved the problem. Whether you’re using an insecticide spray or your shoe, you’re missing the point if this is your preferred method. While it may seem like there’s a lot of ants invading your personal space, it’s important to keep in mind that there’s several hundred to several thousand more in a nest nearby. And that includes at least one egg-laying queen who is increasing those numbers every day. Spraying the ten or twenty making their way across your floor might make you feel at ease, but what you really need to do is call     1-800-PEST-CONTROL and let the professionals get rid of that nest.

Carpenter Ant Extermination and Moisture

One of the final parts of carpenter ant extermination and ant control involves controlling moisture problems. Carpenter ants require water in addition to food. If there is no available source of water in the area, they will likely not be a problem. Call 1-800-PEST-CONTROL and get rid of carpenter ants.

We Treat All Ant Traffic Paths:

We attack the gaps by the baseboards, around window frames, doorframes, where pipes come in and out of the walls, 1-800-PEST-CONTROL will treat the areas where carpenter ants enter and exit the house.

Around the foundation, under the first row of shingles, around the doorframes and window frames, where gas and water pipes and electrical wires enter the house basement sill plates, accessible attics the garage and other entry points. In the warmer months ants go back and forth from the satellite nest to the main nest so we want to find how they travel in and out of the house to feed.

The Insecticides that 1-800-PEST-CONTROL uses are safe for your home. The “Signal Word” (which is the E.P.A. measure of toxicity) for the material we use is “Caution”. It is the same Signal Word assigned to products in your home such as Windex, Mr. Clean, dishwasher soap and boric acid.

For more information on signal words visit www.epa.gov

Ants Don’t Intend to be Pests Most outdoor ants are actually very beneficial to your yard and plants. They clean up plant debris, dead bugs, and often help control other non-desirable insects. Don’t try to exterminate outside ants unless yourself unless you have good reason.

Finally, keep in mind that certain species of ants, including carpenter and odorous ants, can be a very difficult problems to exterminate. And in the case of carpenter ants, can result in thousands of dollars of structural damage to your home if your extermination isn’t successful. If you’ve got a persistent ant problem that won’t go away, and ants that you can’t identify then it’s time to bring in 1-800-PEST-CONTROL as your pest control professional.